Where does Zeigler fit best?
While Trey Zeigler (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) is playing his recruitment close to the vest, UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan and Duke are the likely favorites. While Central Michigan doesn't necessarily have the same tradition as the other programs on his list, it's important to remember that's where his dad, Ernie Zeigler, coaches. Here's a look at what all five programs have to offer this scoring guard with good size and strength.
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 190 | ESPNU 100: 30 | SG rank: 6
School Playing style How he fits Pro factor X factor UCLA UCLA likes to run when the opportunity presents itself, because coach Ben Howland is very comfortable running sets in the half-court. Howland also likes defense and toughness, two characteristics Zeigler has. He is also a solid rebounder for his position, which will bring a smile to Howland's face. Leading scorer Mike Roll is one of three graduating seniors, and there is not a lot of quality depth in the backcourt, so immediate playing time is there for the taking. Zeigler is a good enough shooter to play in the half-court and is a solid athlete that can score and create in transition. UCLA has a tradition of producing a lot of pros over the years. Howland has sent his share to the NBA, most recently Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. However, Zeigler is more skilled and talented offensively, and with continued development could find himself as a pro prospect, though he is not a one-and-done player. Zeigler spent a lot of time on the West Coast and at UCLA and is very familiar with Howland and the UCLA campus. His father, Ernie Zeigler, was an assistant under Howland for three years at UCLA before leaving to become the head coach at Central Michigan. Michigan Under coach John Beilein, who is considered one of the better teachers of shooting the basketball, Michigan plays a unique style that emphasizes the 3-pointer. However, the Wolverines will look to run when the timing is right. If current junior stud Manny Harris decides to forgo his senior season, that would open up a wing spot for Zeigler. He is considered more of a scorer than a shooter, though his shooting is solid. This could be enhanced at Michigan with the coaching he would receive. Beilein is not known for producing a great many pros, but he does develop a lot of players, and most have gotten better after their time with him. Zeigler would be no exception and could develop himself into a pro over time. Zeigler has been in Michigan through his entire high school career, and the idea of playing at home, coupled with Michigan's roster situation, means great things for the Wolverines. Zeigler could feasibly walk into Harris' starting spot and put up major numbers. Michigan State Michigan State's style is similar to UCLA's. The Spartans run when the opportunities present themselves and pride themselves on rebounding and defense. Zeigler's athletic ability allows him to be a factor in transition, and his skill will let him be effective in the Spartans' half-court sets. Zeigler would fit perfectly in time. Current Spartans wings (Chris Allen, Durrell Summers) are juniors, and combo forward Raymar Morgan is a senior. Worst-case scenario is he plays as a backup as a freshman and then competes for a starting spot as a sophomore. Coach Tom Izzo and the Spartans have done a great job of developing perimeter players and getting them drafted. If current juniors Allen and Summers return they will have a solid chance at getting drafted after next season. Zeigler has pro potential that could be brought out by the right coach and system. Home cooking will be a major factor. Even though Michigan State might not be able to promise the same substantial playing time Michigan can, the Spartans can offer the winning tradition. Michigan State has been to the tournament every year since 1998. Central Michigan The MAC is a grind-it-out league. Teams may try to run, but the league is mostly a half-court league. Zeigler is fine with that style of play. His skill level and talent are varied enough that he can fit any style of play. At Central Michigan, Zeigler fits as the star attraction and main cog from Day 1. The team's leading scorers, Jordan Bitzer and Robbie Harman, are both seniors. Zeigler would be able to walk into a situation in which he is given the ball and the leadership reins. Though the MAC doesn't produce as many pros now as it did five years ago, there are many positives to playing at a mid-major. Zeigler would be able to put up great numbers as long as he is with the Chippewas and play multiple positions over his career, increasing his value to a pro scout. The fact that Zeigler's father is the Chippewas' head coach is a huge X factor. The Zeiglers are allowing Trey to make his own decision, but you have to believe his dad is making a pitch for him to stay at home. Plus, he could be the face of the MAC. Duke Duke has always been a great place for perimeter players to excel. Its offense is built around productivity from their guards. Zeigler could follow the long line of big-time guards that have played at Duke. His versatility would allow him to play any style coach Mike Krzyzewski wants to play. Leading scorer Jon Scheyer leaves after this season. He has played a lot of point guard but is a natural wing. Point guard may be a stretch for Zeigler, but he can provide excellent depth for a year and then fight for a starting position with Andre Dawkins or start next to him. If Zeigler becomes a Blue Devil, as long as he is productive he will get a legit shot at playing in the league. Coach K has been around pros and coached pros for a long time. He will definitely know the ins and outs for Zeigler's development at the next level. Among Zeigler's suitors, Duke has been pursuing him for the shortest time. However, that may not be all bad, because the Blue Devils' sales pitch is the freshest in his mind. Duke's heritage and tradition is unmatched, and it wins more than its share of national battles.
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