Zeller Goes No. 17, Traded to Cleveland


Posted Jun 28, 2012


Dallas selected North Carolina forward Tyler Zeller with the No. 17 overall pick in the NBA Draft and then traded him to Cleveland. The seven-footer joined UNC teammates Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall and John Henson as first round picks on Thursday.

"It was actually kind of awkward going up there, getting the Dallas hat, doing a couple interviews with Dallas," Zeller said.

The Washington, Ind. native was named to the 2012 John R. Wooden Award first-team All-America team after averaging 16.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He also led the Tar Heels in field goal percentage at .553.

The ACC's 2012 Player of the Year also garnered second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press, the NABC, the USBWA and The Sporting News.

In addition to his on-court talents, Zeller also thrived in the classroom. The seven-footer, a four-time All-ACC Academic team selection, was chosen as the recipient of the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year award for men's basketball in 2012.



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