Let me give you a hint: it's not Luke. Kidding aside, if you even consider yourself a college basketball fan, you know the name Zeller. Three of them went through the NCAA, and, even though one was extremely mediocre, they certainly made their marks on the entire association. With the youngest Zeller commited to the NBA Draft, which one of them had the best college career?
First, let's just do a quick roll call of everybody eligible to picked. We have Luke, the flex center from Notre Dame, Tyler, the center from North Carolina (and currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers), and Cody, the power forward from Indiana. Needless to say, it's not Luke. While he played a key captain role at Notre Dame, his highest points per game average in four seasons was 4.9. I don't think I need to say much more. So, that leaves just Cody and Tyler. Both of them had eerily similar numbers in college. Tyler's numbers got progressively better in college, with his peak being 16.3 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, and a shooting percentage of over 55%. Cody played in only two seasons, compared to Tyler's four, but his numbers certainly weren't weak. Cody's numbers also progressed in his sophomore, and final, year, averaging 16.5 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, and a shooting percentage of 56.2 %. Cody shot even more consistently in his first season, shooting 62.3%. From an efficiency level, Cody has bit of an advantage just based on his shooting percentage, but ultimately, Tyler has the edge. He practically averaged a double-double, to go along with an already great shooting percentage. Oh, he also is the only brother to have an NCAA Championship under his belt. The debate for which will be best in the NBA will be up for debate soon, but for now it's stuck in the college game. Cody put up phenomenal numbers at Indiana. In fact, he very easily could have been considered the best college basketball player of the year. However, Tyler has him matched. Tyler was voted All-ACC first team in his senior, second team all American, and ACC player of the year. Tyler did have the ability to play with four time first team all American, Tyler Hansbrough, but Cody got to play aside Victor Oladipo, another first team all American. Plus, no matter what their teammates did, it doesn't take a accounting major to figure out which Zeller had the best stats. That title, along with the 2009 NCAA one, goes to Tyler, who will be remembered as the best Zeller kid to go through the NCAA, or at least until one of them has a seven foot kid.