Zeigler, Chippewas Sign Two Detroit Guards

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University men's basketball coach Ernie Zeigler announced the signing of his first recruiting class on Friday.

Central Michigan head coach Ernie Zeigler inked guards Chase Simon (6-5, 185) of Detroit Community High School and Jeremy Allen (6-4, 180) of Detroit Cass Tech High School to National Letters of Intent.

"From the beginning, we identified a need for more athletic and skilled players in our backcourt," Zeigler said. "We are very excited and pleased to sign a pair of players who fit that mold. Both student-athletes come from great families and have tremendous character.

"These two make up our first recruiting class and they will be essential in building our program toward the level of championship success we are striving for."

Zeigler took over the Chippewa program in late June after spending seven seasons as a Division I assistant coach. The last five years were spent under Ben Howland at Pittsburgh (2001-03) and UCLA (2003-06).

Chase Simon

Zeigler on Simon: "Chase is a very skilled and athletic guard. He was being recruited by Big East and Big Ten programs. He was the first commitment we received to help re-establish our program. He's a multi-skilled player and a great defender with his length. He can handle the ball and play three different positions. We're very excited to have Chase join the Chippewas."

First team Class C all-state selection by both the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press … second team All-Detroit by Detroit News … prior to junior season, was ranked No. 21 in the state by the Detroit News and among Detroit Free Press top 100 … three-star recruit by Scout.com … currently ranked No. 9 in the state by PrepSpotlight.com and No. 11 by BankHoops.com … averaged 18.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 8.8 assists as a junior and 13 points, six rebounds and seven assists as a sophomore … high school coach is Tony Woods … plays AAU ball for Michigan Mustangs. Photo courtesy of scout.com.

Jeremy Allen

Zeigler on Allen: "Jeremy is a very tough competitor. He's an athletic slasher who can score. He will give us an element that I look forward to coaching. We feel he is one of the more underrated recruits in the state and the country, and that great things are on the horizon for him."

Honorable mention Class A all-state by the Detroit News … listed among juniors to watch by the Detroit News … honorable mention All-Detroit Public School League … averaged 17.5 points, six rebounds and three assists as a junior … rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com … currently ranked No. 18 in the state by both PrepSpotlight.com and BankHoops.com … high school coach is Robert Shannon … plays AAU ball for Team Detroit and was named first team all-tournament at the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament.

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