#40 Luke Zeller
SENIOR SEASON (2008-09): Served as one of four captains in final campaign … concluded career tied for third with 128 games played … made 32 career starts and averaged 4.2 points and 2.5rebounds … played in all 36 games and earned seven starts during the 2008-09campaign … averaged a career-high 4.9 points per game, while bringing down 2.8rebounds per contest … netted double figures in three contests … scored a careerhigh18 points in just 19 minutes off the bench against USC Upstate, in addition tograbbing five rebounds … connected on 6-9 shots from the field and was 4-6 fromthree-point range … had six points at Loyola Marymount … registered first careerdouble-double in win over Indiana at the EA Sports Maui Invitational as he finishedwith 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds … had three points against Texas inthe semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational before scoring seven points andgrabbing six boards versus North Carolina in the final … scored three points and collectedeight rebounds against Furman … finished with eight points and six reboundsagainst South Dakota … notched five points and three boards against Ohio State …another five-point effort, to go along with two rebounds, against Boston University… four points and three rebounds versus Delaware State … tallied six points andthree rebounds against Savannah State … had five points and three rebounds inBIG EAST opener at DePaul … scored five points and hauled in a rebound againstGeorgetown … nine points and two rebounds in win over Seton Hall … finishedwith two points and seven rebounds at Louisville … recorded five points and four reboundsat Syracuse … five points and two rebounds against Connecticut … scoredeight points and grabbed eight rebounds against Marquette … matched career-highwith 18-point effort against Pittsburgh, scoring all 18 points in the first half as heconnected on a career-high six three-pointers … was 6-9 from three-point rangeversus the Panthers … scored five points and collected three rebounds at UCLA …four points and four rebounds at Providence … tallied seven points against Rutgers… five points against St. John[apos]s … scored six points against Rutgers in the first roundof the BIG EAST Tournament … tallied five points in win over New Mexico in thequarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament …. finished with eight pointsand four rebounds in a season-ending loss to Penn State in the semifinals of the NIT.
JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08): Averaged 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds coming off the bench in all 33 contests … netted fourth double-figure outing of the season in win at DePaul as he finished with13 points on 5-6 shooting from the field, including hitting 3-4 shots from three-pointrange … posted second double-figure outing of the season in win over Colgate inmatching career-high of 14 points … connected on 5-8 shots from the field and was4-5 from three-point range … also grabbed four rebounds and made two steals inthe contest … registered double-figures for the fifth time in his career as he scored 12points (hitting 5-6 shots from the field) and grabbed three rebounds in 17 minutes offthe bench in the season opener against Long Island … reached double figures for thethird time during the season in win over Marquette as he finished with 11 points andfour rebounds … hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds in 20 minutes off the benchagainst Marquette … grabbed four rebounds against Monmouth … scored six pointsand grabbed three rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench versus Baylor … nettedfour points in 15 minutes against Youngstown State … scored six points in back-tobackgames against Kansas State and Northern Illinois … also grabbed a season-highfive boards versus NIU … scored seven points in win over North Florida and blocked acareer-high three shots … netted six points in win over Cincinnati … had seven points in18 minutes against Georgetown … nailed two three-pointers and finished with six pointsand two assists against DePaul … scored eight points (hitting 3-5 shots) and grabbed threerebounds in seven minutes against Seton Hall … scored six points in loss at Connecticut… scored five points and grabbed four rebounds against St. John[apos]s.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07): Started the first 16 games of the season and played in all 32 contests … averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds … finished with a career-high 14 points against Elon on 5-7 shooting from the field (3-4 from three-pointrange) … netted 12 points,grabbed four reboundsand dished off three assistsversus The Citadelas he connected on allfive of his shots from thefield … scored six pointsand grabbed four reboundsversus IPFW …connected on 4-6 shotsfrom the field in scoringeight points against Lafayette… scored six pointsagainst Winston-SalemState and had three pointsand four rebounds inwin over Maryland … hitall three of his shots andfinished with six points inwin over fourth-rankedAlabama … scored eightpoints and grabbed fourrebounds against StonyBrook, in addition todishing off two assistsand blocking one shot …scored seven points andgrabbed four rebounds inBIG EAST opener versusLouisville … connectedon two three-pointersand finished with sixpoints against Villanova… was 3-4 from the fieldagainst South Florida ashe netted seven pointsand grabbed four rebounds… scored fivepoints in 15 minutes offthe bench in win overSyracuse … grabbedthree rebounds in 12minutes off the benchagainst DePaul … scored four points in 18 minutes in BIG EAST Championship semifinalouting versus Georgetown … for the second straight summer in 2007 played withAthletes in Action … played in eight exhibition games in Australia with squad and averaged11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds while netting double figures in five of those contests.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06): Averaged 3.4 points and 3.1 rebounds … played in 27 contests and made nine starts … saw action in first 25 contests, but did not play in the Providence, DePaul, and Vanderbilt games … earned first career start against Alabama and then made consecutive starts in the Florida International, IPFW and Niagara contests … was in the starting lineup forfour straight games against Fordham, Wofford, Pittsburgh and DePaul, in addition to thematchup at West Virginia … netted double figures on two occasions when he scored11 points in both the Fordham and Pittsburgh contests … against the Rams connectedon 4-8 shots from the field (2-4 from three-point range) for his first-ever double-figurescoring effort … tied a career-high with nine rebounds in the game … was 4-12 fromthe field against the Panthers and 3-10 from three-point range in playing a career-high38 minutes in double-overtime loss … grabbed career-high nine rebounds on three occasions… his first nine-rebound outing came against Hofstra in his second collegiateouting … eight of his nine rebounds came in the second half … in addition to his nineboards also scored six points on two three-pointers … scored eight points and grabbedsix rebounds in loss to Michigan … finished with seven points and hauled in four reboundsagainst Florida International … grabbed seven rebounds and scored four pointsin win over Niagara … one of his best all-around efforts of the season came in the winover Fordham as he finished with 11 points and nine rebounds … connected on 3-5from three-point range against Wofford in addition to grabbing nine boards … pulleddown nine rebounds for the third time during his rookie season against Syracuse whenhe also scored six points and blocked two shots … finished with eight points and fourrebounds against Villanova … grabbed seven rebounds in the loss to DePaul … played20-plus minutes in nine games … was a member of the Athletes in Action team thatcaptured the gold medal at the 2006 William Jones Cup in Taipei City, Taiwan.
AWARDS AND HONORS: BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team (2008-09, 2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06) … Notre Dame Most Improved Player Award (2008) … Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph ValleyRockne Student-Athlete Award (2007).
HIGH SCHOOL: The second Indiana Mr. Basketball and 15th McDonald[apos]s All-American to attendNotre Dame … the fifth McDonald[apos]s honoree to play for Irish head coach Mike Brey …reached legendary status in Indiana basketball lore after hitting game-winning shot frommidcourt as time expired in overtime to lead his Washington team to Class 3A statecrown … named an All-American Scholar as a senior … recipient of the 2005 TresterAward for mental attitude … state Mental Attitude Award … four-time all-state, all-sectionand all-conference selection … only player in Washington High School history to beselected all-conference four times … three-time team captain and two-time MVP … averaged19.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in his final scholastic seasonwhile leading his team to a 27-2 record and the Indiana Class 3A state championship… finished state championship game with 27 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists (aClass 3A state finals record) … named to the all-tournament team at the Hall of FameTournament in New Castle, Ind., and won MVP honors at the GPC Holiday Tournamentand the Region Roundball Rumble as a senior … averaged 19.8 points and 9.4 reboundsper game as a junior, 18.1 points and 8.3 boards as a sophomore and 15.3 points and8.0 rebounds in his initial prep campaign … finished high school career as Washington[apos]sall-time leader in points (1,727), field goals made (637), field goals attempted (1,089),free throws made (418), free throws attempted (578) and tied the mark for games played(94) … also second in school history in rebounds with 820 … in addition to playing in theMcDonald[apos]s All-America Game participated in the 2005 adidas Derby Festival Classicwhere he scored six points pulled down nine rebounds and blocked four shots in 21minutes of work … also played in the Indiana vs. Kentucky all-star games registering adouble-double in Game Two with 12 points and 12 boards … two-time participant inthe Nike All-America Camp and the IBCA/ISHAA Top 100 Showcase … named a JuniorAll-Star and took part in the USA Olympic Youth Development Festival in the summerof 2004 … high school coach was Dave Omer … lettered two years in cross country …school[apos]s co-valedictorian … named to National Honor Roll.
PERSONAL: Full name is Lucas Joseph Zeller … oldest of three children … Habitat for Humanity,Camp Illiana and Read Across America volunteer … member of DECA Club and Fellowshipof Christian Athletes … son of Steve and Lori Zeller … mother, Lori, played basketballand softball at Coe College and uncle, Al Eberhard, played basketball at Missouri …born 4-7-87 in Ames, Iowa … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business in Mayof 2009 with a degree in management entrepreneurship.
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