Big Ten breakdown

Here are a few things to pay attention to in the Big Ten as the NCAA basketball season nears and signing day lurks around the corner:

Best incoming freshman

PF/C Cody Zeller at Indiana
The Indiana high school Mr. Basketball and McDonald's All-American averaged 24.6 points and 13 rebounds per game as a high school senior. Zeller will be counted on to produce right away for the Hoosiers, and he has the tools to do so. Zeller's size and length will be major factors in the lane, where he is a terrific area rebounder on both ends of the floor. He also is adept at scoring over his left shoulder on the low block, is mobile and will put pressure on other post players with his ability to run the floor. Plus, he can block shots on the ball with his length and is a good passer out of the post, when he draws a second defender. The Hoosiers have their low-post anchor of the future in Zeller.