After a summer and fall that saw Mt Pleasant (MI) standout Trey Zeigler's recruiting reach a fever pitch, he has begun to put recruiting the backburner as the start of his junior campaign on the hardwood approaches.
"Everything is good," Zeigler told GoBlueWolverine. "We're getting ready for the season. Our first scrimmage is on Thursday in Lansing."
When not working on the hardwood or concentrating on academics, Zeigler has found the time to take in some college basketball. He has paid especially close attention to the early season fortunes of many of his suitors. The Michigan Wolverines have certainly been among those he has tuned in to see, and the Maize & Blue's 5-1 start has definitely surpassed his expectations.
"I was pretty surprised by the way they've been playing," Zeigler admitted. "I watched the UCLA game. That was a huge win that they had against UCLA. They have been playing pretty well."
The Wolverines ability to grab Zeigler's attention with their play has given their off-court efforts to stay fresh in his mind a huge assist. His interest was piqued enough to get him back on campus for another unofficial visit this weekend.
"They email me all of the time and I've been talking to them over email," said Zeigler. "I actually talked to Coach Jackson (Monday). The last time I talked to them on the phone was right before the UCLA game. I'm planning on coming down to the Duke game."
Another person talking to Zeigler on Michigan's behalf in recent weeks has been Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde SF/SG Moses Morgan. The 6-5, 180-pounder was impressed by the visit and by Zeigler's strong words about how he feels about Michigan. In subsequent conversations Morgan has reciprocated the positive vibes about the Wolverines.
"He fell in love with it," Zeigler said of Morgan. "We hung out that night because we both ended up staying the night. He loved it. He told me that if that's where I end up, he is going to be there too. I've been talking to him about once every other week, and he still feels the same way right now. We had never officially met (before the visit). We had played together at one of the Adidas camp and I saw him in Arizona playing and that's about it."
Trey Zeigler, Moses Morgan, and Darius Morris
While it's clear that Michigan factors very prominently on Zeigler's list, he maintains that he will take a deliberate approach to his recruitment. Monitoring the progress of all of the team's on his list, including his dad's, is among the primary reasons why.
"My dad always tells me to just be patient with the whole process," he told TigerSportsDigest.com recently. "Staying home and playing for him is a definite possibility, but I want to go to the best situation for me. I want to go to a school I feel has an opportunity to compete for a national championship. If I think I can do that at Central Michigan then why not go there?"
That's a test question Zeigler will continue to apply to all of his suitors in the weeks and months to come.