By Cody Zeller, for NBA.com
I’m still here at Indiana University, living in a house with some of my teammates, finishing up my classes for the semester. I have had a busy week doing a lot of studying. I had two finals on Monday (in my public policy and management classes) and another on Thursday morning in accounting. I also finished and turned in my criminal justice paper last week so I’m all done!
In the midst of studying, I’ve also maintained my workouts. Having worked out for the last two years while in school, I’ve always had to find time for schoolwork. My workouts are just a little different now because I’ve shifted more toward preparing for the NBA Pre-Draft Camp coming up in Chicago. That basically means I’ve been training for the different drills they do there, like vertical leap, agility and the 75-foot sprint. It has also been a lot of shooting and court work.
As for what’s ahead, I’m excited. At this point in my life, I decided that declaring for the Draft was the best thing for me. I’m 35 credits away from graduating, which is about two summers worth of school, and I do plan to come back to graduate from the Kelley School of Business with a degree in management. I would also like to finish up those credits as soon as possible because the longer I wait, the tougher it will probably be to go back.
As for my team, I am really going to miss them. We are such a tight-knit group. Playing at Assembly Hall, our basketball arena, is unbelievable! The fans are unbelievable! We have the largest student section in the country, and I’m going to miss playing in front of a sold-out crowd like that.
The process leading up to the Draft has been fun so far, but there are a lot of unknowns, like not knowing what city I’ll be living in next year. It’s been helpful, though, because I’ve been asking my brother Tyler, who was drafted last year, a lot of questions about all of this. We talk a couple times a week, and I’m always picking his brain, especially about Draft workouts. So, I kind of know what’s coming, but it’s something I need to experience for myself. It was a big jump going from high school to college, and I know it will be a big adjustment from college to the NBA.
It’s really neat that I’ve got a bunch of teammates going into the Draft with me. There are not that many college teams who have two high draft picks, and maybe up to four players getting drafted. It will be fun for us to share stories with each other, like about our agents or where we’ve worked out. I am very close with fellow Hoosier Victor Oladipo, and it’s cool that we are both going through this at the same time. We’ll be very competitive, especially if we’re working out together, but at the end of the day, we want the best for each other. We’ll be cheering each other on the whole way.
A Man of Distinxion
I’m looking forward to getting involved with my family’s non-profit organization, Distinxion, which combines basketball training and character building. Due to NCAA regulations, I have been unable to be involved with Distinxion so far. My first way of helping out was to drive traffic to the Web site (www.distinxion.org) by posting my press release announcing my decision to enter the Draft on the homepage. We received a lot of page views, which was great.
There are a lot of Distinxion basketball camps coming up this summer. I’m not sure where I’m going to be, but if I’m around, I’ll definitely go help out and I’ll also help spread the word whenever I feel the opportunity is right.
New York, New York
I took a fun day trip to New York last week. I had the chance to meet everyone at my agency’s office, and then I had a photo shoot in Times Square, which was cool. I also was fitted for a suit at Alton Lane. There’s nothing like getting fitted for a suit in New York City! I had no idea how many options you can have with one suit! I already have a black one, so I got a dark blue suit this time. I might wear it on Draft night, but I’ll probably decide that once I get it.
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