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Big men entering NBA draft face steep learning curve

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First-round picks in 2012, Anthony Davis (left) and Tyler Zeller both had plenty to learn as rookies.

First-round picks in 2012, Anthony Davis (left) and Tyler Zeller both had plenty to learn as rookies.

Drafted fifth overall in 2011, Jonas Valanciunas didn't make his debut until the 2012-13 season.

Drafted fifth overall in 2011, Jonas Valanciunas didn't make his debut until the 2012-13 season.

Cody Zeller (center) is expected to be a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

Cody Zeller (center) is expected to be a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

The clock is about to start ticking for this year's crop of big men, and Zeller said that even with the preparation he received at Indiana, with its NBA-like playbook, and twice-a-week chats with his brother, he knows there's a lot he doesn't know. "There's a lot to get adjusted to and I think it will take some time," Zeller said. "It'll be a learning process this first year. I'll fight and scrap for every little bit of it; that's what I'll do at the next level."