Fresh off their most impressive season in recent memory, the Indiana Hoosiers will welcome back two of their stars that helped make their Sweet 16 run possible. Center Cody Zeller and forward Christian Watford, the team's two leading scorers, announced that they will return to the school next season.
Zeller, a freshman center that emerged as Indiana's best player, was expected to be a potential lottery pick had he decided to enter the 2012 NBA Draft. Instead, he will remain in Bloomington for his sophomore year to continue the program revival that began when he chose Indiana out of high school. Zeller averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in 28.5 minutes per contest, shooting 62.3 percent from the field. Watford, meanwhile, was not expected to be a high pick, so his decision to return for his senior year is less surprising.
With Zeller and Watford returning, Indiana is expected to be one of the top teams in the nation next season, as its top five scorers from a year ago will be returning.