Trey Zeigler chose Central Michigan over perennial powerhouses like Duke, Michigan State, UCLA and Arizona for one simple reason: he wanted to play for his father. After the Chippewas fired Ernie Zeigler back on March 14, it became a forgone conclusion that Trey would be gone as well.
Late Saturday, Zeigler confirmed via his twitter account that he would be taking his talents to the Steel City to play for Jamie Dixon and Pittsburgh.
Zeigler had a strong season for CMU, averaging 15.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as his team struggled. The Chippewas finished with a 11-22 record, including a 5-12 record in MAC play.
CMU replaced the elder Zeigler with former National Coach of the Year Keno Davis, but will find it much harder to replace Trey. In addition to his scoring and rebounding, his 79 assists were good for second on the team.
During his time at CMU, Zeigler made a lot of noise by himself while the team struggled to win games. He was the first freshman to ever be named to the preseason All-MAC team. He finished third nationally in scoring among freshmen and topped the 20-point mark 19 times.
Zeigler will need to sit out one year, but will join an extremely talented group of players that Dixon has already brought in for next season. Dixon has already signed two top 100 recruits in center Steven Adams (Notre Dame Prep) and point guard James Robinson (DeMatha).