#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 2.5 rebounds … played in all 36 games and earned seven starts during the 2008-09 campaign … averaged a career-high 4.9 points per game, while bringing down 2.8 rebounds per contest … netted double figures in three contests … scored a career-high 18 points in just 19 minutes off the bench against USC Upstate, in addition to grabbing five rebounds … connected on 6-9 shots from the field and was 4-6 from three-point range … had six points at Loyola Marymount … registered first career double-double in win over Indiana at the EA Sports Maui Invitational as he finished with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds … had three points against Texas in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational before scoring seven points and grabbing six boards versus North Carolina in the final … scored three points and collected eight rebounds against Furman … finished with eight points and six rebounds against 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 and three rebounds against Savannah State … had five points and three rebounds inBIG EAST opener at DePaul … scored five points and hauled in a rebound against Georgetown … nine points and two rebounds in win over Seton Hall … finished with two points and seven rebounds at Louisville … recorded five points and four rebounds at Syracuse … five points and two rebounds against Connecticut … scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds against Marquette … matched career-high with 18-point effort against Pittsburgh, scoring all 18 points in the first half as he connected on a career-high six three-pointers … was 6-9 from three-point range versus 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’s … scored six points against Rutgers in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament … tallied five points in win over New Mexico in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament …. finished with eight points and 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-point range … posted second double-figure outing of the season in win over Colgate in matching career-high of 14 points … connected on 5-8 shots from the field and was 4-5 from three-point range … also grabbed four rebounds and made two steals in the contest … registered double-figures for the fifth time in his career as he scored 12 points (hitting 5-6 shots from the field) and grabbed three rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench in the season opener against Long Island … reached double figures for the third time during the season in win over Marquette as he finished with 11 points and four rebounds … hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench against Marquette … grabbed four rebounds against Monmouth … scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench versus Baylor … netted four points in 15 minutes against Youngstown State … scored six points in back-to-back games against Kansas State and Northern Illinois … also grabbed a season-high five boards versus NIU … scored seven points in win over North Florida and blocked a career-high three shots … netted six points in win over Cincinnati … had seven points in 18 minutes against Georgetown … nailed two three-pointers and finished with six points and two assists against DePaul … scored eight points (hitting 3-5 shots) and grabbed three rebounds in seven minutes against Seton Hall … scored six points in loss at Connecticut… scored five points and grabbed four rebounds against St. John’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-point range) … netted 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished off three assists versus The Citadel as he connected on all five of his shots from the field … scored six points and grabbed four rebounds versus IPFW …connected on 4-6 shots from the field in scoring eight points against Lafayette… scored six points against Winston-Salem State and had three points and four rebounds in win over Maryland … hit all three of his shots and finished with six points in win over fourth-ranked Alabama … scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds against Stony Brook, in addition to dishing off two assists and blocking one shot …scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in BIG EAST opener versus Louisville … connected on two three-pointers and finished with six points against Villanova… was 3-4 from the field against South Florida as he netted seven points and grabbed four rebounds… scored five points in 15 minutes off the bench in win over Syracuse … grabbed three rebounds in 12minutes off the bench against DePaul … scored four points in 18 minutes in BIG EAST Championship semifinal outing versus Georgetown … for the second straight summer in 2007 played with Athletes in Action … played in eight exhibition games in Australia with squad and averaged 11.3 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 for four straight games against Fordham, Wofford, Pittsburgh and DePaul, in addition to the matchup at West Virginia … netted double figures on two occasions when he scored 11 points in both the Fordham and Pittsburgh contests … against the Rams connected on 4-8 shots from the field (2-4 from three-point range) for his first-ever double-figure scoring effort … tied a career-high with nine rebounds in the game … was 4-12 from the 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 collegiate outing … eight of his nine rebounds came in the second half … in addition to his nine boards also scored six points on two three-pointers … scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in loss to Michigan … finished with seven points and hauled in four rebounds against Florida International … grabbed seven rebounds and scored four points in win over Niagara … one of his best all-around efforts of the season came in the win over Fordham as he finished with 11 points and nine rebounds … connected on 3-5 from three-point range against Wofford in addition to grabbing nine boards … pulled down nine rebounds for the third time during his rookie season against Syracuse when he also scored six points and blocked two shots … finished with eight points and four rebounds against Villanova … grabbed seven rebounds in the loss to DePaul … played 20-plus minutes in nine games … was a member of the Athletes in Action team that captured 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 Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award (2007).
HIGH SCHOOL: The second Indiana Mr. Basketball and 15th McDonald’s All-American to attend Notre Dame … the fifth McDonald’s honoree to play for Irish head coach Mike Brey …reached legendary status in Indiana basketball lore after hitting game-winning shot from mid-court as time expired in overtime to lead his Washington team to Class 3A state crown … named an All-American Scholar as a senior … recipient of the 2005 Trester Award for mental attitude … four-time all-state, all-section and all-conference selection … only player in Washington High School history to be selected all-conference four times … three-time team captain and two-time MVP … averaged 19.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in his final scholastic season while 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 Tournament and the Region Roundball Rumble as a senior … averaged 19.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per 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’s all-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 the McDonald’s All-America Game participated in the 2005 adidas Derby Festival Classic where 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 a double-double in Game Two with 12 points and 12 boards … two-time participant in the 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 summer of 2004 … high school coach was Dave Omer … lettered two years in cross country …school’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 Fellowship of Christian Athletes … son of Steve and Lori Zeller … mother, Lori, played basketball and 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 May of 2009 with a degree in management entrepreneurship.