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Zeller, Hulls named academic All-Americans

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 7:23 am

BLOOMINGTON -- Top-ranked Indiana's basketball roll continues, only this time it's off the court.

Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls have earned academic All-America honors. Zeller made the first team. Hulls made the third team.

The Hoosiers are the only school with more than one player honored. The recognition also includes on-court success.

That gives IU 11 academic All-Americans and the first since Luke Recker in 1999.

Yes, that's the same Luke Recker who was an Indiana Mr. Basketball at DeKalb and who left IU after two seasons and wound up at Iowa.

Zeller, a business major, has a 3.44 grade point average. He leads the team in scoring (16.6 points) and rebounding (8.2) and ranks ninth nationally in shooting (59.8 percent). He is a candidate for the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and the Oscar Robertson Award. He surpassed 1,000 career points during Tuesday's win at No. 4 Michigan State.

Hulls, who is a graduate student after graduating in three years, has a 3.49 GPA in athletic administration. He averages 10.8 points and is second nationally by making 48.9 percent of his three-point shots. He's scored 1,261 career points.

“I believe Cody and Jordan represent exactly what we expect an Indiana basketball player to embody," IU coach Tom Crean said in a university release. “I think their achievements academically are in direct proportion to the success they are having on the court. You can't have one without the other. They are outstanding young men."

The Hoosiers, meanwhile, have positioned themselves to win their first Big Ten championship since 2002. They are 12-2 in conference play and 24-3 overall. They have four regular season games remaining -- at Minnesota and at Michigan, hosting Iowa and Ohio State.

They have won four straight games, including victories over a pair of top-10 teams in Ohio State and Michigan State, both on the road.

“When you have a mature team and when you have a smart team and when you have a team that is invested like they are...” Crean said.

“We have a lot of conversations in timeouts. I've grown to be a tremendous listener with them because they are out there in the middle of the battle.”

The battle continues Tuesday at Minnesota.