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NBA Draft: Cody Zeller says he is returning to Indiana

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Move every prospect up a little higher on your draft boards. ESPN is reporting that Cody Zeller is returning to Indiana for his sophomore season.

Zeller, an athletic 6-11 freshman, averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in his first collegiate year. He also shot better than 60 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line.

"I grew up hoping that one day I would get the opportunity to play in the NBA, but at this point, I'm not ready for my college experience to be over," Zeller said in a statement released by Indiana.

While the move was largely expected, it does mean that one big man that had been mentioned in the same breath as the Detroit Pistons will be unavailable. Perhaps more importantly, many expected to be gone by the time Detroit selected (they are currently sitting in the eighth draft slot) and that means that some player the Pistons would have had a chance on will also probably be gone (Jared Sullinger, Cody's brother Tyler, etc.).

James Michael McAdoo, another potential Pistons target (although not a popular one here at DBB, it seems), recently also said he would be returning for another season in college ball.

Other potential lottery picks that have not yet declared for the draft include UConn freshman Andre Drummond and Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal.