Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Trey Zeigler dilemma

If you haven't heard yet, Central Michigan guard Trey Zeigler has decided to transfer since his father was fired as head coach a week ago.

The Recruit Scoop tweeted that Zeigler is down to Duke, MSU, UCLA and Detroit as his options. Zeigler tweeted he is visiting Duke this weekend. He averaged 15.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a sophomore this past season for CMU, which finished the season 11-21 overall. Zeigler chose to play for his father at CMU over MSU, Michigan, Duke and UCLA, among others, out of high school.

Zeigler would have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, but would have two years of eligibility left. Should MSU be interested?

The Spartans have four recruits coming in for next season and have five freshmen contributing this season. Derrick Nix will be the only senior next year. There isn't much room. This is assuming no one transfers out of the program, which, given the past few seasons, would be a large assumption, I know. But you can't plan on it (right now, at least). You also can't assume any Spartan leaves early for the NBA.

As for the 2013 recruiting class, MSU is going after some pretty big recruits, notably Jabari Parker from Chicago (although MSU's chances of landing him are debatable). MSU will have nine of 13 possible scholarships filled by freshmen or sophomores next season. One would think you would want to bring in younger players in 2013 to balance things out a little better, although redshirts next year are possible. Zeigler wouldn't help balance the classes out. Hondo Carpenter said MSU would love to have Zeigler and that there would be room, so take that for what it's worth.

My opinion is that MSU has already or will look into it, as they should, but Zeigler will ultimately go somewhere else. Tom Izzo doesn't have much of a history with transfers and has said in the past that a JUCO transfer would have to be an "extraordinary situation." This is similar. Brandon Wood was a necessity because of all the departures, plus it was a one-year deal where Wood didn't have to sit out a season. Also, he was a guy who could fit well into the team's chemistry.

As Joe Rexrode said, it wouldn't be smart if MSU didn't look into this, but I don't think he'll end up at MSU, and I don't think MSU needs him. If he does end up at MSU, it probably will be because someone unexpected is on their way out. Whatever happens, we know this isn't Izzo's first rodeo. He knows what he's doing.

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