Nick Zeisloft

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Nick Zeisloft is an American basketball player from La Grange, Illinois. He played for Illinois State before transferring to Indiana University. Zeisloft was widely known for his impressive three-point shooting. After college, Zeisloft has pursued a successful professional basketball career playing everywhere from Rome to Lithuania to the G-League.

  • Name: Nick Zeisloft
  • Position: Guard
  • Nationality: USA
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Birthday: December 18, 1992
  • Hometown: La Grange, Illinois
  • High School: Lyons Township (La Grange, Illinois)
  • Height: 6’4″ (1.93 m)
  • Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
  • Seasons at Illinois State: 3 (2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014)
  • Seasons at Indiana University: 2 (2014-2015, 2015-2016)
  • Jersey: #5 / #15 / #2
  • Professional Career:
    • Fort Wayne Mad Ants (2016-2017)
    • BC Siauliai (2017-2018)
    • Leonis Roma (2018-2019)
    • Gipuzkoa Basket (2019)
    • Santa Cruz Warriors (2019-Present)

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Nick Zeisloft’s Seasons with the Hoosiers

2014-2015 Indiana Basketball Season
Tom Crean (7th Season)
20-14 (9-9 Big Ten)
7th Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA RO64
2015-2016 Indiana Basketball Season
Tom Crean (8th Season)
27-8 (15-3 Big Ten)
🏆 1st Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA Sweet Sixteen

Nick Zeisloft’s Statistics at Indiana University

Season GP GS MIN AVG FG FGA PCT FG FGA PCT FT FTA PCT OFF DEF TOT AVG PF FO AST AST/G T/O BLK STL PTS AVG
2014-2015 34 7 665 19.6 75 158 0.475 63 140 0.450 13 17 0.765 22 54 76 2.2 72 3 22 0.6 14 2 11 226 6.6
2015-2016 35 8 703 20.1 72 172 0.419 65 156 0.417 19 21 0.905 11 46 57 1.6 44 0 29 0.8 17 3 7 228 6.5
Career 69 15 1368 19.8 147 330 0.445 128 296 0.432 32 38 0.842 33 100 133 1.9 116 3 51 0.7 31 5 18 454 6.6

Nick Zeisloft’s High School Career

In high school, Zeisloft led Lyons Township to two regional championships. In 2011, Nick led the team all the way to the sectional final, losing to eventual state champion Simeon (which had sophomore sensations Jabari Parker and Kendrick Nunn). As a senior, Zeisloft averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4 assists per game. He was a two-time All West Suburban Conference selection and a 2011 McDonald’s All-American nominee. He finished his high school career with 108 three-pointers made. He was also a four-year member of the honor roll.

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Zeisloft was viewed as a recruiting steal when he committed to Illinois State. Known for his high basketball IQ and being one of the best shooters in the state of Illinois, ISU’s administration instantly knew they had acquired a high-quality talent. Zeisloft reportedly also had an offer from UIC and had interest from DePaul, Bradley, and Iowa.

Nick Zeisloft at Illinois State

Upon arriving on campus at Illinois State, he took a redshirt year before playing with the Redbirds.

As a redshirt freshman, Zeisloft appeared in 25 games and averaged just over 15 minutes of playing time per appearance. With Tyler Brown and Jackie Carmichael both averaging over 17 PPG, Zeisloft was primarily used as a spot up shooter. He posted 4.5 points and 1.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 41.8% from three.

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The next season Zeisloft saw a significant increase in minutes, from 15.2 to 25.7. He appeared in 34 games and started 30 of them. Zeisloft averaged 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He also significantly increased his shot attempts, going from 3.5 attempts to 5.8 field goal attempts per game. Of those attempts, the majority were three-pointers. He attempted 5.0 threes per game, shooting 35.5% from beyond the arc.

Each season at Illinois State, the Redbirds only won 18 games. He graduated in three years from Illinois STate with a degree in finance.

Nick Zeisloft at Indiana University

After graduating from Illinois State, Zeisloft decided to transfer to Indiana University where he was immediately eligible. At Indiana, he enrolled in the Kelley School of Business.

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In his first season with the Hoosiers, Zeisloft settled in quickly, playing 19.6 minutes per game across 34 appearances. He ended the season averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game while shooting a career best 45% from three. IU finished 20-14 overall and lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to 7-seeded Wichita State.

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Zeisloft posted nearly identical numbers the next season as a redshirt senior, posting 6.5 points and 1.6 rebounds in 20 minutes of action per game. Despite having preseason National Championship odds of +3250, IU had a terrific regular-season and successful postseason run. Indiana accumulated 27 victories and were a the 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers beat #12 Chattanooga and #4 Kentucky before falling to 1-seeded North Carolina, who would eventually lose in the National Championship game to Villanova.

Nick Zeisloft’s Professional Career

While going undrafted, Zeisloft promptly signed with the Indiana Pacers on September 8, 2016. After going through training camp and playing in a preseason game, he would eventually be waived on October 17, 2016.

Soon after, he joined the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (2016-2017), as an affiliate player of the Pacers.

Next, Zeisloft would head to Lithuania to play for BC Siauliai (2017-2018), where he averaged 12 points per game. He would then play for Italian team Leonis Roma (2018-2019) and top-division Spanish squad Gipuzkoa Basket (2019) before returning to the G-League to play for the Santa Cruz Warriors (2019-Present).

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