The top 12 returning seniors
July, 26, 2011
By Doug Gottlieb | ESPN Insider
Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesHarrison Barnes drives the buzz in Chapel Hill, but Tyler Zeller may be the guy driving the Heels.With so many sophomores returning to campuses this year and an exciting incoming freshman class that has as many blue chippers as any in recent years, we may be overlooking a deep and talented senior class that has stuck around for a variety of reasons. While Kentucky was able to make a Final Four run with youngsters last year, and UConn had a ton of underclassmen helping Kemba Walker win the title, let us not overlook the value of age, experience and talent with this year's seniors.
Tyler Zeller Lost in the return of Harrison Barnes is the return of Zeller at the 5 spot. Zeller runs the floor better than any center in college basketball and looks to be a legit 6-foot-11, maybe even 7 feet tall. With a solid, go-to right-hand jump hook and a decent face-up game, Zeller carried the Heels until Barnes and fellow frosh Kendall Marshall came into their own. Zeller is a good shot blocker, quality outlet passer and the only low-post scorer on their roster. He will excel this year.