Thursday, April 4, 2013
Where will Zeigler end up?
By Nic Reiner
Junior guard Trey Zeigler's decision to transfer from Pittsburgh gives other schools a chance to bring an experienced player into the fold.
When he transferred last year from Central Michigan after his father, Ernie, was fired as coach, the schools that he had spoken to were Duke, UCLA, Michigan State, Michigan, Detroit, and Louisiana Tech before deciding on Pittsburgh. While he averaged over 30 minutes per game at CMU, he notched just over 15.5 minutes per game at Pitt and lost out on the starting job early in the season. Jamie Dixon intimated that the situation wasn't the greatest fit for Zeigler, even though he was expected to at least compete for the starting job again in 2013-14.
Though a high-major school could use his services in a less elite role, he may be better off at a smaller school if playing time is a bigger issue. With the new coaching staff, Zeigler may get another look from UCLA. He's from the Detroit area and his father is not currently coaching, so both high-major and mid-major Michigan schools likely will be taking a look at Zeigler. He almost surely won't be granted a waiver this year, as last year he was able to play immediately after transferring from CMU because his father was fired.
Another option would be for him to play immediately by transferring to a Division II or III school.
"He's moving forward and hopefully putting himself in a position to develop and become the player he can be," his father said. "There is no particular destination he has in mind. He'll take his time this time around and try to move forward."