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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Rockets Pick Is Tyler Zeller, According To Draft Express

In the latest 2012 NBA Mock Draft at Draft Express, the Houston Rockets are selecting North Carolina Tar Heels center Tyler Zeller, who has been on the Rockets mock draft board for a long time now, and would be a sensible addition to Houston's team, which lacks certainty at the center position.

Zeller is a seasoned college player, at age 22 with an NBA ready body that stands at 7 feet and 250 pounds. He is likely to get a lot stronger if he sticks in the NBA.

Here is a clip on Zeller from the folks over at Draft Express:

His intrigue from NBA standpoint starts with his physical profile, as he's a solid run and jump athlete for a 7-footer, showing great speed running the court, as well as the ability to finish above the rim. Somewhat upright in his stance and not overly fluid, his frame could still use some extra bulk, but he's made progress in that area since coming to North Carolina, and he should continue to add strength as he puts in the work in the weight room.

Zeller combines his outstanding running ability with a nice set of hands and a good motor for a player his size, both of which help him as a finisher sprinting the floor. He's able to beat most any big men down the court and catch the ball running full speed, where he's then shown the ability to quickly gather himself and elevate for a dunk, resulting in him converting on an excellent 79% of his field goal attempts in transition this season.

Read more about the Houston Rockets at The Dream Shake blog.

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