Blue Devils Check Out Four Star Wing

The ever-changing atmosphere in the world of Duke recruiting in the class of 2010 is well-documented. The latest high major option to appear on the board is Mount Pleasant (Mich.) standout scoring guard Trey Zeigler. TDD spoke to the four star prospect to get the latest on his recruitment.

"Basically Duke lost out on some other recruits they thought they were going to get to play the 3 spot," said Trey Zeigler. "They really need a 3 man and they are looking for the best available wings around the nation."

That's both an accurate account of the Blue Devils' recruiting goals in the current senior class, as well as the latest update on Duke's interest in the 6-foot-5, 200 pound Zeigler, who declined to commit to a school in the fall signing period despite offers from Michigan, UCLA, Arizona, Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Miami.

"[The decision not to commit early] was best for me and my family. The schools that I'm looking at all have spots for me in the spring and I want to wait and see how things play out."

Seeing how things play out was thought to mean more official visits in addition to the two he's already taken (to Michigan, UCLA, and Oklahoma). However, now it's included interest from head coach Mike Krzyzewski's program. And, while Duke is certainly very late to the party, Zeigler says there's reason to listen to the Durham based recruiting pitch.

"The major selling point, first of all, is that it's Duke. That's the big thing, really. Secondly, they have a lot of available playing time at the wing position. Right now I am in the process of learning more about them and trying to set up a date for a visit."

The Duke contact began a few weeks back and intensified last week as assistant coach Nate James came to see Zeigler in action - as Mount Pleasant opened their season with a 69-42 victory behind 30 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, and six steals from Zeigler.

"It was good to see him in the stands, and I had a chance to talk with him after the game."

In his second game of the season, Zeigler was saddled with early foul trouble but still managed to log 23 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.

With stats like that, it's no wonder that Zeigler is well known to fans of Michigan basketball at the high school and collegiate levels. But does a school outside of "The Wolverine State" have a chance to reel in the nation's No. 7 shooting guard prospect?

"Location really isn't a factor in my decision. I've lived all over the country, so there's really no problem with me leaving Michigan."

Described by's recruiting analysts as "a versatile wing player who can assume duties at the point, shooting guard and small forward", Zeigler says versatility is the calling card of his game.

"I think I'm able to do a lot of different things on the court. As far as weaknesses go, I would say the biggest thing I've been working on is getting stronger. I weigh close to 200 right now but I think with my frame I can put on some more weight."

"I'm also working on my shot a lot. I've made an effort on just getting shots up before and after practice. And, again, strength. I'd like to get in the weight room at least once or twice a week during the season to add the weight to avoid injury."

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