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Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 9:33 p.m.

Trey Zeigler granted release from CMU, report says Michigan basketball may be in the mix

By Nick Baumgardner

Trey Zeigler was once an extremely hot basketball prospect in the state of Michigan.

And it appears he will be once again.

Zeigler, a former Mount Pleasant High School standout and four-star prospect, was granted a transfer request by Central Michigan on Tuesday, and is now free to look elsewhere.

And at least one scouting service,, reported via Twitter that the Michigan basketball program was among the schools the 6-foot-5 guard has heard from.


Trey Zeigler, above, was granted his release from Central Michigan after the school fired his father and coach, Ernie.

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The site also listed Michigan State, Duke, UCLA and Pittsburgh as schools possibly interested in Zeigler.

Zeigler himself tweeted Tuesday that he has plans to take a visit to Duke this weekend.

Another recruiting site,, listed Michigan State, Duke, UCLA and Detroit as possible destinations for Zeigler -- but not Michigan.

The former Chippewa is leaving CMU after his father, Ernie, was fired as the program's head basketball coach earlier this month.

Zeigler, who would likely have to sit out next season due to transfer rules, turned down the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Duke and UCLA to play for his father in 2010.

Presently, Michigan does not have any scholarships available for 2012.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 4:19 p.m.

I'm a basketball coach and I look at this situation like "if my son had offers from Michigan, MSU!, Duke!, and UCLA while I coached CMU I would vehemently advise him to find a school he loves and not follow me to Central Michigan (ewww)".


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 9:19 a.m.

His game has not progressed much since he was a freshman and I think he overestimates the interest in him from any top D-1 program. He will be lucky to get an offer from another MAC school. I find it hard to believe that U of M has any interest in him at all. As a CMU alum, I can tell you the fan base is not shedding any tears to see either of the Zeiglers leaving town. The program never improved while either of them were there.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 11:13 p.m.

Thanks for the input on that. My first reaction on seeing that he was available was we should make a hard push at him, especially after "Transfer-a-geddon" today. Now, I'm thinking differently. We need coachable players at U-M who are versatile. Sounds like we may want to look elsewhere.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 2:05 a.m.

I saw him play for two years in college. This player doesn't fit what we do at Michigan. Think Tim Hardaway without three point range. Now move on.