Watford and Zeller back for Indiana men's basketball

Cody Zeller

Indiana University forward's Christian Watford and Cody Zeller have announced that they will remain in school and play for the Hoosiers next season. Both players were a big part of leading IU to a 27-9 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.

Watford, who made the NCAA South Regional All Tournament team and is the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten with 1,287 points, has averaged 13.4 points in his career. He also averaged 5.8 rebounds and shot 43.7% from three-point range. His game-winning three-pointer against #1 Kentucky in December was the GEICO National Play of the Year. He was named honorable mention All-Big Ten.

Zeller, who was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and an honorable mention AP All-American, averaged a team-high 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds and shot 62.3% from the field (4th in the nation). He was second team All-Big Ten and a first team Freshman All-American. He was a finalist for the Wayman Tisdale Award (USBWA National Freshman of the Year) and was a candidate for the Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson Trophy.

The Hoosiers have been chosen preseason #1 by Yahoo, CNNSI.com, NBC Sports, ESPN.com, and USA Today. They return all five starters from a team which finished the season ranked 13th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.