Family Matters: Trey Zeigler Signs With Chippewas

MOUNT PLEASANT -- Trey Zeigler has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Central Michigan University, under his father, head coach Ernie Zeigler.

"Trey is a very versatile and skilled player," Ernie Zeigler said. "He is a very good passer and he has the ability to make plays for other and for himself. He can attack the basket and create shots. He is an excellent rebounder and he brings an athleticism to our program that was a focus for our entire recruiting class."

Trey joins a 2009-10 CMU recruiting class that was already ranked at the top of the Mid-American Conference according to several outlets, and is the highest-ranked recruit to join the league this season.

"By adding Trey to this class, it gives the sense across the country that something good is happening at Central Michigan," Ernie Zeigler said. "These five freshmen all come from situations where they have sacrificed to create winning programs. That gives this class the chance to matriculate into something special."

Trey had several other offers around the country, including Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona State and UCLA, but instead elected to stay close to home, play for his father and help the Chippewas continue to build on back-to-back MAC West Division titles.

"Timing is everything," Ernie Zeigler said. "With the events center and the possibility of what this class could mean to our program and the foundation our returners have laid, we are headed for something special."

The Chippewas (15-15, 9-7 MAC) won their second-consecutive West Division title in 2009-10, advancing to the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament for the fourth-consecutive season under Ernie Zeigler. The Maroon and Gold posted their first non-losing season and the first winning MAC record since the 2003 championship season in 2009-10. CMU is 54-69 during Zeigler's tenure.

Trey Zeigler
Shooting Guard
6-5 • 195 pounds
Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant HS

High School: Ranked as a four-star recruit … tabbed the No. 7 shooting guard in the nation, No. 26 player overall by … given a grade of 95 and ranked the No. 6 shooting guard, No. 30 overall, in the nation by ESPN … rated the No. 26 player in the country by … member of the ESPNU Top 100 Watch List … scored 1,644 points and grabbed 648 rebounds in his career … averaged 24.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest as a senior and 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a junior … averaged 17.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a sophomore … finished as the runner-up for the 2010 Hal Schram Michigan Mr. Basketball Award …  became the first two-time Mount Pleasant Morning Sun Player of the Year in the paper's history … four-time district champion … advanced to the regional finals in the state tournament as a senior … earned Class A Associated Press first-team All-State honors as a junior and senior and honorable mention honors as a sophomore … named to the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and Saginaw News Dream Team as a junior and senior … named third-team All-American by as a senior … tabbed first-team All-Saginaw Valley League as a junior and senior and second-team as a sophomore …earned Detroit News and Detroit Free Press fourth-team All-State honors as a sophomore … ranked the No. 13 player in the state by Mick McCabe of the Detroit Free Press as a sophomore … named to the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun Dream Team as a sophomore … four-year starter at Mount Pleasant … played all five positions throughout his career … coached by Sam Taylor at Mount Pleasant … closed career with 64-31 record …played his club ball for Team Detroit … named a first-team all-star at the LeBron James Skills Academy in July of 2009 … won the Reebok Summer Championship in 2010 with Team Detroit … also participated in the 2009 adidas Nations, the NBA Top 100 camp and the Paul Pierce Skills Camp … earned MVP honors at the adidas Phenom150 camp in 2006 … attended the Reebok Create-N-Finish Challenge … honorary member of the 2K Sports Preseason All-American team … won the 2-on-2 competition with Ray McCallum, Jr. at the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic … named to the 2010 adidas US National team … participated in the 2009 adidas May Classic … chose CMU over offers from Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA and Arizona State.

Personal: Born Ernest F. Zeigler III on April 20, 1991 … son of Seantelle and Ernie Zeigler … father, Ernie, is CMU's head men's basketball coach.