Mar 24, 2013; Dayton, OH, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) is guarded by Temple Owls forward Jake O

NBA Draft 2013: Cody Zeller Graded Better Than Chris Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge

ESPN scribe Chad Ford is a day removed from watching an NBA prospects workout in Santa Monica, California – a workout in which NBA scouts couldn’t help but rave about Indiana Hoosier Cody Zeller.

The 7’0, 230lb big man has been a bit of an enigma the past few months, some questioning how he’ll transition from being a center in college to a power forward in the NBA. But according to Ford, Zeller looked fantastic and will be climbing up draft boards.

Per Ford, via RotoWorld:

He didn’t get to show off his jumper in college, but he’s reportedly been lights-out during the pre-draft process. Zeller also graded out better than Chris Bosh or LaMarcus Aldridge in terms of leaping ability, lateral quickness and straight-line speed.

Of course, there is much more to the game than just having better test scores, but it’s clear that NBA scouts are becoming a bit more keen on the Indiana native.

Most mock drafts currently have Zeller in the top ten, though, given the reports he could be sliding up near the top five. currently has Zeller going to the Sacramento Kings, who own the #7 selection while has Zeller going to the Philadelphia 76ers, who own the #11 pick.

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