Blue Devils Drop In On Zeigler

After watching his team fall to 1-3 on the season, Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) High standout Trey Zeigler and his teammates re-dedicated themselves to practice. Since that time the team has won three straight with the four star wing leading the way and drawing the Duke coaching staff North for a visit.

"Coach James and Coach K came up on Thursday to watch me practice," said Trey Zeigler. "We'd been talking and this was a chance for him to watch me play. Duke has been really active with me since before Christmas and this was a chance for them to come see me."

Of course, as any Duke fan who follows recruiting will tell you, making visits to Michigan wasn't on the original agenda with the class of 2010. However, the surprise decision and thought process of another player required the Blue Devil coaching staff to start examining backup options in early November. And, by extension, it also meant Coach K and company would be late arrivals to the recruiting party for any player who may catch their eye.

"They coaches are very direct and upfront about that situation. They told me they were only recruiting Harrison Barnes for that spot because they thought he was going to Duke and they didn't' really look at other players. Now that he's not going to Duke, they are looking to fill that spot."

The spot in question focuses on a player much like James - a 6'6 combo wing that spent five seasons in Durham between 1997 and 2001, and played a crucial role in the program's revival from the nightmarish results of the 1995-1996 season.

While the Blue Devils have remained a top tier program, Krzyzewski apparently believes a player with similar measurables to James would help push the program back towards the top of the college hoops mountain.

"He says they need a guy who can step in on the wing and be ready to play right away. They want a player who is versatile and who can go off the bounce and slash."

Which is why James ventured to Michigan in November to watch Zeigler workout. From that point the Blue Devils were involved, but wanted to be certain of a few things before they jumped into the recruiting process.

"The coaches were pretty straight forward with things. They told me they liked me and what I bring, but they also knew they were really late in getting in. Coach K told me that he wanted to make sure I had a sincere interest in learning more about them and being recruited by them. I liked that about him. He got straight to it. Sometimes in recruiting there are people who just talk. Coach K and Coach James are straight forward and genuine with what they are saying. I told them both I wanted to look at Duke and was serious about them."

Since then Zeigler says he speaks with the Duke staff on a weekly basis as the two sides learn more about one another.

Of course Duke isn't the only option for Zeigler. In the fall he took official visits to Oklahoma, Michigan, and UCLA. Since that time he's expanded his list of potential destinations to include Michigan State, Arizona State, Arizona, Providence, and Duke. So which of the remaining five programs will earn one of the two available official visits?

"Honestly that's not something I've had time to really think about at this point. With the season I don't have any down time. I'm planning on sitting down with my family after the season and deciding on which two schools I'll take the last visits."

To date Zeigler is averaging 28 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists while playing point guard for Mt. Pleasant. The experience of the position has allowed him to continue to round off his game and, he believes, has given him a chance to contribute early on the next level.

"Some coaches are telling me that I could handle the ball on the next level at times. My main thing is to be able to do a lot of different things. If a team needs me to go in the post, or if they want me on the wing, or on the ball. I'll do whatever is needed to get on the floor and help my team."

Zeigler is rated as the nation's No. 7 shooting guard and a four star prospect. Overall he is considered the nation's No. 34 player in the class of 2010 as determined by's Dave Telep.

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