Some of the best high school basketball players from across the country are in Louisville is weekend to participate in the Eddie Ford Grassroots Shootout at Hoops. KentuckyPreps.com writer Michael Johnston was at Hoops on Saturday to catch all the action.[details]
Personal: JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08): Improved his play a year ago by becoming a more physical player ... highly-skilled offensively both inside and along the perimeter ... needs to continue to become a more aggressive scorer and rebounder ... is most effective when he is out of the post and facing the basket ... has the ability to hit the open jump shot ... an excellent passer and offensive rebounder, but needs to work on defensive rebounding skills ... possesses great instinct and court vision ... runs the floor well and had good ballhandling skills for a his size ... extremely unselfish with the ball ... for the second straight summer in 2007 played with Athletes in Action ... played in eight exhibition games in Australia with squad and averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds while netting double figures in five of those contests.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07): Started the first 16 games of the season and played in all 32 contests ... averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds ... finished with a career-high 14 points against Elon on 5-7 shooting from the field (3-4 from three-point range) ... netted 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished off three assists versus The Citadel as he connected on all five of his shots from the field ... scored six points and grabbed four rebounds versus IPFW ...connected on 4-6 shots from the field in scoring eight points against Lafayette ...scored six point against Winston-Salem St. and had three points and four rebounds in win over Maryland ... hit all three of his shots and finished with six points in win over fourth-ranked Alabama ... scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds against Stony Brook, in addition to dishing off two assists and blocking one shot ... scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in BIG EAST opener versus Louisville ... connected on two three-pointers and finished with six points against Villanova ... was 3-4 from the field against South Florida as he netted seven points and grabbed four rebounds ... scored five points in 15 minutes off the bench in win over Syracuse ... grabbed three rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench against DePaul ... scored four points in 18 minutes in BIG EAST Championship semifinal outing versus Georgetown.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06): Averaged 3.4 points and 3.1 rebounds ... played in 27 contests and made nine starts ... saw action in first 25 contests, but did not play in the Providence, DePaul, and Vanderbilt games ... earned first career start against Alabama and then made consecutive starts in the Florida International, IPFW and Niagara contests ... was in the starting lineup for four straight games against Fordham, Wofford, Pittsburgh and DePaul, in addition to the matchup at West Virginia ... netted double figures on two occasions when he scored 11 points in both the Fordham and Pittsburgh contests ... against the Rams connected on 4-8 shots from the field (2-4 from three-point range) for his first-ever double-figure scoring effort ... tied a career-high with nine rebounds in the game ... was 4-12 from the field against the Panthers and 3-10 from three-point range in playing a career-high 38 minutes in double-overtime loss ... grabbed career-high nine rebounds on three occasions ... his first nine-rebound outing came against Hofstra in his second collegiate outing ... eight of his nine rebounds came in the second half ... in addition to his nine boards also scored six points on two three-pointers ... scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in loss to Michigan ... finished with seven points and hauled in four rebounds against Florida International ... grabbed seven rebounds and scored four points in win over Niagara ... one of his best all-around efforts of the season came in the win over Fordham as he finished with 11 points and nine rebounds ... connected on 3-5 from three-point range against Wofford in addition to grabbing nine boards ... pulled down nine rebounds for the third time during his rookie season against Syracuse when he also scored six points and blocked two shots ... finished with eight points and four rebounds against Villanova ... grabbed seven rebounds in the loss to DePaul ... played 20-plus minutes in nine games ... was a member of the Athletes in Action team that captured the gold medal at the 2006 William Jones Cup in Taipei City, Taiwan.
AWARD AND HONORS: BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team (2006-07 and 2005-06) ... Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award.
HIGH SCHOOL: The second Indiana Mr. Basketball and 15th McDonald's All-American to attend Notre Dame ... the fifth McDonald's honoree to play for Irish head coach Mike Brey ... reached legendary status in Indiana basketball lore after hitting game-winning shot from midcourt as time expired in overtime to lead his Washington team to Class 3A state crown ... named an All-American Scholar as a senior ... recipient of the 2005 Trester Award for mental attitude ... state Mental Attitude Award ... four-time all-state, all-section and all-conference selection ... only player in Washington High School history to be selected all-conference four times ... three-time team captain and two-time MVP ... averaged 19.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in his final scholastic season while leading his team to a 27-2 record and the Indiana Class 3A state championship ... finished state championship game with 27 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists (a Class 3A state finals record) ... named to the all-tournament team at the Hall of Fame Tournament in New Castle, Ind., and won MVP honors at the GPC Holiday Tournament and the Region Roundball Rumble as a senior ... averaged 19.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a junior, 18.1 points and 8.3 boards as a sophomore and 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in his initial prep campaign ... finished high school career as Washington's all-time leader in points (1,727), field goals made (637), field goals attempted (1,089), free throws made (418), free throws attempted (578) and tied the mark for games played (94) ... also second in school history in rebounds with 820 ... in addition to playing in the McDonald's All-America Game participated in the 2005 adidas Derby Festival Classic where he scored six points pulled down nine rebounds and blocked four shots in 21 minutes of work ... also played in the Indiana vs. Kentucky all-star games registering a double-double in Game Two with 12 points and 12 boards ... two-time participant in the Nike All-America Camp and the IBCA/ISHAA Top 100 Showcase ... named a Junior All-Star and took part in the USA Olympic Youth Development Festival in the summer of 2004 ... high school coach was Dave Omer ... lettered two years in cross country ... school's co-valedictorian ... named to National Honor Roll.
PERSONAL: Full name is Lucas Joseph Zeller ... oldest of three children ... Habitat for Humanity, Camp Illiana and Read Across America volunteer ... member of DECA Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... son of Steve and Lori Zeller ... mother, Lori, played basketball and softball at Coe College and uncle, Al Eberhard, played basketball at Missouri ... born 4-7-87 in Ames, Iowa ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and is majoring in management entrepreneurship.