Mt. Pleasant, MI isn't a common destination for college coaches on the prowl for talent. However, an exception has been made in recent months for class of 2010 combo guard Trey Zeigler. The University of Michigan has been among those showing the most interest and the talented youngster reciprocated a few weeks back with a visit to Ann Arbor.
"It was nice," Zeigler reported. "I really liked the campus. They got a brand new academic center. We went there, talked to the academic advisor for basketball, and they showed me around there. We went to the gym and they showed me the weight room. Then we had a meeting with Beilein. He just talked about what I would be capable of doing in his system. He broke down film of players that he thought I could be like in his system, like Manny Harris and a couple of guys from West Virginia. Then he just told me that he was really interested and wanted me to come there. Beilein was really good. It sounded good what he was talking about and there was a definite possibility."
Michigan's strong showing put them firmly on Zeigler's radar, but they are by no means the only program with that distinction.
Zeigler plans to keep his options open, but there are some very distinct criteria that the teams making his cut must meet.
"I want a chance to win a national championship wherever I go," he said. "That is just a huge key for me picking a school. I want to go somewhere that we have a chance to play for a national championship. I don't want to go anywhere where that is not the main goal. Plus… and I am not going to lie to you… I want to start (laughter). Wherever I go I know I am going to have to compete to get a spot, but that is the main goal. Start and lead the team to try and win the national championship."
Leadership is one of the major qualities Zeigler has inherited from his father, Central Michigan headman Ernie Zeigler. It's a trait he hopes to exhibit even more on the hardwood for his high school team this season.
"My role on my team is just being a leader," he said matter-of-factly. "Freshman year, we had seniors that were already leading. (Sophomore year), I just took over as the leader of the team. Now it is just carrying on to my junior year. I just have to make sure that I lead these guys and win some of the games."
Zeigler's may turn out to be leader on the recruiting trail as well. He has had discussions with Detroit Southeastern sophomore-to-be Brandan Kearney about the possibility of attending the same school.
"We're cool," Zeigler said of he and Kearney. "We're real cool. It would be nice if we could play together. It is really possible. He told me that he would go wherever I go. That is where we are at with that."GoBlueWolverine will have more on Zeigler in the coming days.