Tag:Tyler Zeller
Posted on: April 6, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 4:44 pm

Zeller, Henson returning to UNC; Barnes next?

Tyler Zeller and John Henson have decided to pass on early entry into the NBA Draft and return to North Carolina next season, coach Roy Williams announced Wednesday.

"John and Tyler certainly considered their options, but in the end it came down to how much they enjoyed not only college basketball, but being part of the collegiate experience both on and off the court," Williams said. "I spoke to about 10 NBA teams on their behalf and gave them that information, but their individual decisions are less about the NBA and more about what they wanted to do right now and the experiences they are enjoying."

Williams said Harrison Barnes is still weighing his options.

The freshman wing is a projected top five pick.

"Harrison is not as far along in his decision-making process as were Tyler and John," Williams said. "I am still gathering information on him from NBA teams and hope to provide him with all of that information by the end of next week."

Zeller averaged 15.7 points and 7.2 rebounds last season while Henson averaged 11.7 points and 10.1 rebounds.

They helped North Carolina win the ACC and make the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.

Posted on: January 15, 2010 3:00 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2010 3:03 pm

North Carolina's Zeller sidelined (again)

North Carolina's Roy Williams announced Tyler Zeller will miss four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot.

"He's frustrated," Williams said at a Friday press conference.

Zeller is a sophomore who missed much of last season with a broken wrist. The 7-foot sophomore is averaging 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game this season. He's scored at least 12 points in six different games.

North Carolina plays Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The 12th-ranked Tar Heels are 12-5.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 10, 2009 9:28 pm

Don't expect Ginyard to play; Zeller cast-free

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- To those of you in need of a Marcus Ginyard update, congratulations, you've come to the right place, because I spent the afternoon at North Carolina as the Tar Heels prepared for their showdown with Wake Forest, and the first thing I did was ask Roy Williams if he would play his defensive stopper Sunday night.

"Probably not," Williams answered.

Like any good coach, Williams left himself a little wiggle room. That's fine. But after watching Ginyard spend most of Saturday's practice at the Dean Smith Center on a side goal working individually, I'd be shocked if he played against Wake Forest (or even at Virginia next week), and that really is too bad, because one of the things that made the possibilities for these Tar Heels so intriguing was the assumption that they'd be healthy, which, of course, they have not been.

Ginyard had preseason foot surgery and missed the first 11 games.

He returned and played 11 minutes against Rutgers on Dec. 28.

Then he played against Nevada and Boston College, too.

But Ginyard has never felt right, meaning something is still wrong. So Williams sat Ginyard down against Charleston, and now he's "probably" out for the Wake Forest game, and it remains unclear whether this will improve with time or if it'll linger through March.

"That's the reason they call it medical practice," Williams said. "Nobody knows."

Also on the injury front, some good news: Tyler Zeller is cast-free.

The freshman forward broke is wrist in the Nov. 18 win over Kentucky, had a screw inserted, serious surgery, so on and so forth. But the cast came off Wednesday, and Zeller spent Saturday shooting. And even though Williams said "everything is progressing well," doctors aren't even supposed to re-evaluate Zeller for another six weeks, and he will remain out for the season barring something miraculous or a drastic change of plans.

"I'm 99.9 percent sure (he won't play again this season)," Williams said.

Posted on: November 19, 2008 2:37 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2008 2:52 pm

Zeller set for surgery, probably out for the year

North Carolina freshman Tyler Zeller is scheduled to have surgery today on a broken left wrist and will likely miss the rest of the season, his brother Luke Zeller told CBSSports.com on Wednesday.

"I feel terrible for him," said Luke, a senior at Notre Dame. "Last time I talked to him they were trying to get a surgeon, and they're pretty sure he's going to be out of the year."

Zeller was injured in Tuesday's 77-58 win over Kentucky on a hard foul from Ramon Harris. Luke Zeller said he spoke to his brother after the game, and though he knew it was serious he thought it might not cost him the season.

"I think he thought he'd be fine," Luke said. "He said, 'It's my left wrist. I can put a splint on it and it's not a big deal.'"

But Luke said Tyler met with the UNC staff early Wednesday and realized the severity of the injury. According to Luke, the wrist is believed to be broken in at least two places, "and they're talking about pins and all that."

"It's tough," Luke added. "But he's in good spirits. He knows he's just a freshman and that he's got a lot of time to work on things."

Tyler Zeller started the first two games for UNC in Tyler Hansbrough's place.

He scored 18 points in the opener and had two points when he was injured Tuesday night.

Posted on: November 15, 2008 10:30 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2008 10:35 pm

The other Tyler is pretty good, too

No Tyler?

No problem.

You know, because there was another Tyler ready to step in.

That's the storyline from North Carolina's opener, that even though the top-ranked Tar Heels weren't exceptional or overwhelming they still cruised to an 86-71 victory over Penn sans Tyler Hansbrough and his stress reaction. In his place was Tyler Zeller, a McDonald's All-American who got a team-high 18 points while proving that stockpiling talent regardless of your needs is the absolute best way for a coach to run a program, which is why Roy Williams has been running one of the nation's best programs (first at Kansas, now at North Carolina) for the past two decades.

Did North Carolina need frontcourt help?

No, not really.

But Williams still went out and signed a pair of McDonald's All-American frontcourt players in Zeller and Ed Davis, meaning UNC now has two of the best first-year forwards (Zeller and Davis) and two of the best veteran forwards (Hansbrough and Deon Thompson) in the entire nation. And that's why the Tar Heels would almost certainly remain a national title contender even if Hansbrough never played again, because the talent from top to bottom is unmatched, proof being how the second-best Tyler on the team got 18 in his opener.

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