CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The pick wasn't received well by Bobcats fans gathered for a draft night party at the team's arena. A loud chorus of boos erupted after the selection was announced with some throwing hats and others raising their arms in disbelief.
Zeller started 72 games during his career at Indiana.
A first-team All-Big Ten selection last season, Zeller ranked fourth in the conference and helped Indiana to a No. 1 ranking in the country during the latter portion of the season. He ranked in the top five in the conference in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.
As a freshman, Zeller averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds with 1.2 blocks per game.
Zeller comes from a basketball family. His older brother Tyler plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers after playing at North Carolina. Another brother Luke played a portion of last season with the Phoenix Suns after a career at Notre Dame. The boys' uncle, Al Eberhard, spent four seasons with the Detroit Pistons.
The Bobcats are trying to build a winner after reaching the playoffs only once in their first nine seasons.
Charlotte is 28-120 over the past two years, by far the worst record in the league. The Bobcats have never won a playoff game.