Zelis: 'I’ve always defined myself as more than an athlete. I’m really excited for my future. I want to prove to myself and everyone that I’m going to make more money working as a professional than I ever would have from playing this game.'
DeKALB – Andrew Zelis has always boasted a wide array of skills.
During a talent show back in the seventh grade, he performed the Charlie Brown theme song on the trumpet and piano … at the same time.
Five years later, he grew to be 7-foot and developed a love for basketball. He was a three-star prospect out of Wheaton North High School, a two-time all-conference honoree and was one of 13 Illinois high school seniors nominated for the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game.
Currently, a center for Northern Illinois, Zelis has taken a backseat to younger players because of injuries he’s suffered throughout his career. But that hasn’t limited his ability to help this year’s team.