May 9, 2013
FORT WORTH--TCU men's basketball head coach Trent Johnson announced Thursday that senior guard transfer Trey Zeigler has submitted the necessary paperwork in order to join the Horned Frogs program. Zeigler will redshirt next season before becoming eligible to play in 2014-15.
A 6-5, 203-pound guard, Zeigler competed this past season at Pittsburgh after spending his first two college campaigns playing at Central Michigan for father Ernie Zeigler, who was the Chippewas' head coach from 2006-12. A strong, explosive scorer, Zeigler has totaled nearly 1,150 career points and 450 rebounds in his three college seasons.
"We're pleased to welcome Trey into our program," Johnson said. "He's a talented player who comes from a great family, and he will fit right in with the other players on our team. Even though he will have to sit out this coming season, we feel he will have an impact before he even steps out on the court in two years. Trey is battle-tested and has competed at the highest levels in college basketball, so our young team will be able to learn a lot from him."
Zeigler played last season for Pitt, appearing in 31 games while helping the Panthers post a 24-9 overall record and NCAA Tournament appearance. He led the squad twice in scoring, including his top season effort of 18 points during a 93-55 home win over DePaul on Jan. 26.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Zeigler starred for Central Michigan during his first two college seasons from 2010 through 2012, earning All-Mid America Conference honors both years. He became the first Chippewa to join the school's 1,000-point club before the end of his sophomore season while averaging 16.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game during his two years on campus. His freshman campaign saw him finish second in voting for the MAC Freshman of the Year award while averaging a team-high 16.3 points, which ranked No. 3 nationally among freshmen.
Zeigler was a consensus top-30 national recruit out of Mount Pleasant (Mich.) High School that became the highest-rated prep player ever to sign a National Letter of Intent with a MAC school in 2010. He finished runner-up in voting for Michigan "Mr. Basketball" voting as a senior in addition to being named a third-team All-American. Among the schools he received scholarship offers from were Michigan, Michigan State, Duke, UCLA and Arizona State.
Zeigler becomes the fifth addition to the TCU program for next season and the first non-prep player. Joining him in arriving on campus this summer will be Brandon Parrish (Arlington, Texas), Hudson Price (Orlando, Fla.), Karviar Shepherd (Dallas, Texas) and Michael Williams (San Antonio, Texas).