Last month at this time, the Michigan Wolverines appeared to be building momentum in their efforts to lure a few of the top talents in the 2010 class to Ann Arbor. Afterall, one of the most prized targets, Southborough, Ma PF Nate Lubick, had actually begun courting other prospects on behalf of the Maize & Blue. One such youngster was Mt. Pleasant SG, Trey Zeigler. The 6-4, 190-pounder was surprised to be getting a recruiting pitch from a player he had never met or spoken to, but was nonetheless intrigued. Then came the news two weeks ago that Lubick had committed to Georgetown.
"I actually found out the next morning," Zeigler recalled. "Brandan Kearney texted me and told me. That's how I found out. I texted Nate later that day and said congratulations."
The immediate question from Maize & Blue basketball fans was obvious; had the positive view Zeigler had of John Beilein's prior to Lubick's decision been affected?
"Not at all," replied Zeigler. "Actually the day it happened, when Kearney texted me I asked him, ‘does change (how you look at Michigan)?' He was like, ‘nah that don't change nothing for me.' It doesn't change nothing for me either. I'm still on the same page I was before. Nothing has really changed."
Nothing has changed regarding the intensity of Michigan's pursuit either. The Wolverines have done their best to maintain consistent contact to remind Zeigler how much of a priority he is.
"I talked to Beilein last Friday (October 10th)," he said. "We talked for a good thirty minutes. We always have good conversations when we talk. He was just letting me know who else he is about to start recruiting in our class. He was asking me what guys I thought he should go after."
While it's clear that Beilein and his staff have made a strong impression, so too have the Michigan State Spartans. Furthermore, Zeigler has noticed vigorous courtship on the part of Notre Dame, Miami, and Kansas. For the time being, however, the Wolverines and Spartans have the advantage of proximity working in their favor.
"I won't start visiting those colleges out of state probably until the spring," he said. "With school, it's kind of hard to just go down (on a visit) for the weekend."
Zeigler plans to think more about those visit plans toward the end of the winter. Right now the majority of his basketball attention is focused on his upcoming season.
"We start practice in a few weeks," Zeigler reported. "We're doing our workouts now. We're looking good. We've still got about six or seven guys playing football, but all of the other sports starting to wind down, so we're starting to get everybody to start showing up. We should be way better than last year."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Zeigler in the coming weeks.