Second year man Cody Zeller has to meet big expectations this year for this team to fulfill it's potential. It is still unclear to me whether he goes into the season as the starter or the primary rotation player for the 4 and 5 spots. Personally, I think that Cody has a nice game rooted in fundamentals and possesses nice athleticism and he deserves an opportunity to start considering the marked improvement he made over the second half of last season..
It can only help that he's been selected to the US select team and will get a chance to learn under Coach K prior to the season. If he's made progress working on his back to the basket game and his mid range jumper it will be exciting to have him on the floor.
While he may never be the "connect the dots" guy that McBob was, he can do things that McBob could never do especially athletically.
Case in point... If he develops we have an opportunity to do great things. If he hits the wall this season we'll probably be a disappointment compared to our expectations.