Report: Trey Zeigler transferring from Pittsburgh


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Andrew Kuhn/Staff Photographer CMU guard Trey Zeigler gets up after being knocked down while driving the lane Saturday night against Detroit in the McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant. Zeigler finished the game with 21 points during the Chippewas 75-49 loss to Detroit.

The saga of Trey Zeigler continues after Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that the junior guard was leaving Pittsburgh after one season.

Goodman reported Trey's dad, former Central Michigan men's basketball head coach Ernie Zeigler, told CBS Sports that his son was going to be transferring out of Pitt.

Zeigler averaged 15.5 minutes in 31 games and averaged 4.4 points, two rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.3 steals and 1.1 turnovers per game.

He shot 44 percent from the field and continued his poor shooting at the free throw line with a 49 percent free throw percentage.

Since his freshman year with the Chippewas, Zeigler's numbers have dropped across the board.

He averaged 34.4 minutes his freshman year and then 31.8 in his sophomore season. His points per game also dropped from 16.3 to 15.8 in that period, and his free throw shooting has only gotten worse from 56.6 percent to 49.5 percent his sophomore season.

Zeigler has dealt with off the court issues as well. He was benched a few times by his dad in his sophomore season and he found himself in more trouble this year after he was charge with DUI in Pittsburgh after reports say he was found asleep behind the wheel of his Hummer.

Trey announced on ESPN in 2009 that he would be joining his dad at CMU. Ernie had led CMU to back-to-back Mid-American Conference West Division Championships, creating a lot of excitement for the program.

But a program that never faired better then .500 in a season continued to fail to find postseason success, and Ernie was fired last spring.

Trey, a standout at Mount Pleasant High School, was recruited by Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA, Duke and others was again on the market. He chose to join Jamie Dixon and the Panthers and later received notice from the NCAA that he would be allowed to play right away, rather than sitting out a season due to transfer rules, given the circumstances that he left CMU.

Zeigler never started for Dixon and his team experienced an early exit in the NCAA tournament, losing to Wichita State 73-55. He played just six minutes and recorded two rebounds in the loss.

Zeigler will be looking for somewhere else to play for his  senior season and will most likely be sitting out for the 2013-14 season due to transfer rules.


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