Lyons Township product Nick Zeisloft is heading to the Big Ten.
Zeisloft, a LaGrange native, already earned a degree from Illinois State, where he played the past two seasons for the Redbirds, but he'll now transfer to Indiana, the Hoosiers announced Monday.
"The addition of Nick allows us to spread and space the floor even more and play with more pace," Indiana head coach Tom Crean said in the school's announcement. "More importantly, we are adding a young man that has been raised well and has been well coached throughout his career. He brings a physical and mental toughness that has allowed him to play at a strong level and brings leadership and maturity to our program."
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Zeisloft, who has two years of eligibility left and will be eligible to play for Crean right away this season, averaged 6.9 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game for Illinois State last season. He shot 51.9 percent from the field and 35.5 from 3-point range, plus 90 percent from the free-throw line.
The numbers might not jump out at you, and many wondered why Indiana would want to bring Zeisloft in. But, as Crean alluded to, it's maturity, experience and leadership he craves. The Hoosiers were a young team a year ago and missed the NCAA tournament. They had just a few seniors and lose many of those upperclassmen heading into this season.
"We feel his best basketball days are ahead of him, and his versatility and skills allow him to be very multi-dimensional for us," Crean said. "We feel he compliments our returners very well and will help in the development and growth process of our newcomers."
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Zeisloft, meanwhile, is very excited.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to play for coach Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers," Zeisloft said. "IU's tradition is like no other and I am honored to have the opportunity to further my education in the Kelley School of Business.
"Coach Crean was very honest with me about what I could achieve at Indiana, and I appreciate that. I think I can bring leadership, experience and shooting ability to this team. I really enjoyed my visit and was impressed with how hard they work out and how they communicate with one another. I think I can be there for these guys as a teammate and always have their back."