Zeisloft Will Bring Leadership, Experience, Shooting to IU Program
Bloomington, Indiana—Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced the addition of graduate student Nick Zeisloft, a 6-4 guard who earned a degree in Finance from Illinois State, to the Hoosiers roster. He will have two years of eligibility.
“The addition of Nick allows us to spread and space the floor even more and play with more pace,” said Crean. “More importantly, we are adding a young man that has been raised well and has been well coached throughout his career. He brings a physical and mental toughness that has allowed him to play at a strong level and brings leadership and maturity to our program.”
Zeisloft played two seasons for the Redbirds and was a career 37.3 shooter from three-point range. He made 60 three-pointers last season and shot 41.8 from long distance making 28 of 67 from three-point range. He also is an outstanding free throw shooter making 90.0 from the line last season and takes care of the basketball with a career assist/turnover ledger of 50 assists to 28 turnovers. He was a team captain and was a First Team All-MVC Scholar-Athlete last season.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to play for Coach Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers,” said Zeisloft who earned a degree in three years after redshirting in 2011-12. “IU’s tradition is like no other and I am honored to have the opportunity to further my education in the Kelley School of Business.”
Zeisloft is from La Grange, Illinois and attended Lyons Township High School in 2011.
“The fact that he wanted to be in the Kelley School graduate program says a lot about his strength of character and his excitement to be a Hoosier.”
With the return of junior Yogi Ferrell who led the Big Ten in three-pointers per game and what is perhaps the best shooting class in the Class of 2014 with the addition of James Blackmon, Jr., Robert Johnson, Max Hoetzel and Tim Priller, IU will look to build on its three-year major conference leading total in three-point percentage (39.6). As far as experience, Zeisloft has made 88 of 236 three-point attempts for his career.
“Coach Crean was very honest with me about what I could achieve at Indiana and I appreciate that,” said Zeisloft. “I think I can bring leadership, experience and shooting ability to this team. I really enjoyed my visit and was impressed with how hard they work out and how they communicate with one another. I think I can be there for these guys as a teammate and always have their back.”
Zeisloft started 31 of 59 games in his career and averaged 6.9 points as a redshirt sophomore and 4.5 points as a redshirt freshman.
“We feel his best basketball days are ahead of him and his versatility and skills allow him to be very multi-dimensional for us,” added Crean. “We feel he compliments our returners very well and will help in the development and growth process of our newcomers.”
NICK ZEISLOFT •
RS-JR • 6-4 • 205 • LA GRANGE, ILLINOIS/ILLINOIS STATE/LYONS TWP
2013-14/Redshirt Sophomore at Illinois State
Served as a team captain • Named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team • Was a three-time Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week (Jan. 15, Dec. 27 and Dec. 4) • Was one of 75 NCAA Division I men's basketball student-athletes nominated for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team (announced Dec. 3) • Started 30 games and played in all 34 contests • Led the Redbirds and ranked No. 9 in the MVC in three-pointers per game (1.8) • Shot a team-best 35.5 percent (60-for-169) from beyond the arc and 90 percent (27-for-30) at the free throw line • Averaged 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest • Netted eight points during a career-high 35 minutes in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) quarterfinal win over Texas A&M (March 24) • Registered 13 points in the CBI first-round win over Morehead State (March 19) • Scored 11 points in the win over Missouri State (Feb. 18) • Netted a career-best 18 points - all in the second half - plus blocked a career-best two shots in the overtime loss at Evansville (Feb. 12) • Scored 15 points on a career-best five three-pointers (5-for-7) in the win over Drake (Feb. 1) • Netted four three-pointers for 12 points in the win at Drake (Jan. 18) • Scored 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting from beyond the arc to finish with 12 points in the win over Loyola (Jan. 11) • Went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc in the loss at No. 6 Wichita State (Jan. 8) • Finished a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line to score 11 points in the win over DePaul (Dec. 22) • Scored 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting and registered his first-career block in the loss at Oakland (Dec. 16) • Netted eight points on 3-for-4 shooting in the win over No. 25 Dayton (Dec. 7) • Scored 14 points with seven rebounds in the win at San Francisco (Nov. 30) • Reached double figures for the first time in 2013-14 with a 10-point effort in the loss to Manhattan (Nov. 20) • Pulled down seven rebounds in the loss at No. 14 VCU (Nov. 8) • Recipient of the Dr. James E. Collie Endowed Scholarship.
2012-13/Redshirt Freshman at Illinois State
Played in 25 games, with one start • Suffered a knee sprain and bone bruise (Feb. 13), and missed five games before returning against Northern Iowa (March 8) • Scored six points on 2-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc in ISU's Valley Tournament semifinal loss to Final Four qualifier Wichita State (March 9) • Capped a 16-0 run with a clutch three-pointer to tie the game, 22-22, against Wichita State at the Valley Tournament • Grabbed a career-high four rebounds, with nine points and one assist in the win over Southern Illinois (Feb. 2) • Netted six points with two rebounds and two assists in the loss at Bradley (Jan. 29) • Made his first-career start and scored five points with one rebound in the loss to Northern Iowa (Jan. 5) • Netted eight points and shot 2-for-2 free throws in the loss to No. 16 Creighton (Jan. 2) • Hit 3-for-5 field goals to score eight points in the loss at Indiana State (Dec. 30) • Scored six points on 2-for-4 three-point shooting in the win over Austin Peay (Dec. 22) • Collected a career-high three steals and added three points and two rebounds in the loss at No. 5 Louisville (Dec. 1) • Tallied a career-best three assists, but was held scoreless in the win over UAB (Nov. 24) • Scored a career-high 11 points (4-for-6), including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, against Delaware State (Nov. 18) • Hit a key three-pointer to give ISU the lead, 55-54, in the second half of the win over Drexel (Nov. 15) • Made his collegiate debut in the win over UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 12), scoring nine points with three rebounds and two assists.
2011-12/Freshman at Illinois State
Prior to Illinois State
Finished his career at Lyons Township High School with 108 career three-point makes • A 2011 McDonald's All-America nominee • Two-time All-West Suburban Conference selection • Led the Lions to a pair of regional championships • In 2011, the Lions finished 26-3 and lost to eventual state champion Chicago Simeon in the sectional final • As a senior, averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and four assists per game • Led the team with 323 points as a junior and averaged 11.5 points per game • Coached by Tom Sloan • A four-year member of the honor roll.
Born December 18, 1992 • Son of Mark and Jennifer Zeisloft • Oldest of three children • Name is pronounced: Nick ZIE-sloft • Graduated with a degree in Finance from Illinois State • Will enroll in graduate school at the Kelley School of Business.