Following the firing of coach Ernie Zeigler at Central Michigan, his talented son, star sophomore shooting guard Trey Zeigler, has a received a release to transfer from the Central Michigan basketball program.
As a sophomore, the 6′-5″, 195 pound Zeigler did it all for the Chippewas, as he averaged 15.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He did have some curious second year shooting stats as his overall field goal percentage increased from 39% to 46%, but his free throw and 3-point shooting percentages both dipped to 49% and 28%, respectively. Still he has rebounded well for his position, and it’s hard to extrapolate too much from two poor team performance seasons.
It won’t take long for Zeigler to get his recruitment in gear for his final two years of eligibility in college basketball, as he posted on his Twitter account that he will take an official visit to Duke this weekend. Duke was one of his finalists before he elected to join his father at Central Michigan, but in the interim the Blue Devils have signed incoming freshman shooting guard Rasheed Suliamon, and have a pledge from a top 2013 prospect in Matt Jones. Duke is also still in the mix for Shabazz Muhammad, as well.
If Zeigler sits out as a transfer, he would be eligible during Sulaimon’s sophomore season, and Jones freshman season, creating a potential logjam, were the Blue Devils to land all three players.
In-state superpowers Michigan and Michigan State, as well as UCLA, were finalists for Zeigler coming out of high school. He was part of a unique year, in which both he and talented lead guard Ray McCallum (Detroit) elected to join their father’s mid-major programs.
One would expect the original schools, and many more, to be in the hunt for Zeigler as a transfer.