Excellence, Tradition Attract Zeigler

GSN catches up with one of the finer backcourt prospects for 2010 and gets the latest recruiting news from Trey Zeigler.

Mt. Pleasant's Trey Zeigler just may be the best player in the 2010 class, a class that includes backcourt players the likes of Isaiah Sykes, Keith Appling and Ray McCallum.

Zeigler, who has been preparing for his junior season by hitting the weight room four times a week before school and working tirelessly on his perimeter game, has received interest from some highly regarded basketball programs.

He recently told GSN that he is receiving heavy interest from Michigan State, Michigan, UCLA, Memphis, LSU and Kansas. Thus far, one school hasn't jumped into the lead for his services.

"I'm wide open right now," Zeigler said.

Zeigler's last visit was a trip to Ann Arbor for the game against Michigan State, but it will be a while before Zeigler decides to make to trek to another college campus.

"I'm done for the fall. I'll probably take more visits after the season is over," Zeigler said. "I was supposed to go to LSU this past weekend, but I ended up not going."

Considering the schools that have Zeigler one of their primary targets, the decision that is ultimately going to be made will not be a simple one. There are numerous factors that Zeigler has deemed crucial.

"Somewhere where I can feel comfortable with the coach," Zeigler explained. "A team that's competing for a national championship as the main goal, and somewhere I can step in and contribute to the team."

One of the reasons why Zeigler hasn't proclaimed any school as a leader is because the primary six schools that are recruiting him have all impressed him.

"I like all the coaches that I've talked to so far, and basically all those schools I feel can compete at the level of trying to win a national championship," Zeigler said. "If their not winning right now, I think the coaches are steering them the right way, and they're going to be in that position in a few years."

Based on Zeigler's criteria, it seems that the Spartans are in good shape for his services, but with the commitments of Keith Appling and Russell Bryd some wonder if Zeigler's interest in the Spartans has wavered any.

"Not at all," Zeigler said hastily. "I think Michigan State's probably looking for a big man in my class, but other than that it really hasn't affected me at all."

Zeigler's reasoning for MSU remaining one of his top schools was straight to the point.

"The tradition, Coach Izzo and their staff," Zeigler said. "They're always right there competing for the national championship and the Final Four."

Zeigler's father, Ernie, who is the head coach at Central Michigan, has given his son valuable advice in regards to making an informed decision, which is why Trey will wait until next summer to decide where he will play college ball.

"My dad told me to take my time, be patient, don't rush into anything," he said, "and if they really want you, they'll wait on you."

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