May 9, 2009

Zeigler watching MSU closely, gets new offer

DIMONDALE - Mount Pleasant guard/forward recruit Trey Zeigler put his skills on display Saturday evening for Team Detroit during the first day of this weekend's Capital Centre Showdown at the Aim High Basketball Academy, located about 10 miles from East Lansing.

Zeigler, a skilled 6-foot-5 wing, scored 14 in a 58-38 victory over Detroit-based L.A. Stars in the first game. He scored 10 in a 60-24 victory over the Grand Rapids Vipers in the second game.

Team Detroit is expected to play three games on Sunday, starting with the quarterfinals scheduled to begin at 4:10 p.m.

"I think we're loaded," said Team Detroit power forward Will Gholston, one of the top defensive ends in the country on the football field, and a worrisome presence on the basketball court.

Zeigler is a major part of the Team Detroit arsenal. He was 3-of-5 from 3-point range in the first game. Some work with a personal trainer has helped strengthen his lean frame.

"Right now, I just want to get stronger," he said. "I think I proved a lot of things last year and now I want to get better in all aspects of the game."

College recruiters think he has a pretty good base of skills under him. He has offers from more than 10 major conference programs, including Michigan and Michigan State. He said he recently got an offer from UCLA.

When asked what schools he is hearing from, Zeigler said: "Arizona, Arizona State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Miami, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, UCLA."

Zeigler, ranked No. 75 by Rivals.com, said all except Kansas and Oklahoma State have offered.

Zeigler averaged 24 points and nine rebounds last year at Mount Pleasant. He shot 48 percent from 3-point range and was named first-team Class A All-State by the Associated Press.

Are there three or four schools that are leading at this point?

"I wouldn’t say so," Zeigler said. "I want to take some visits. This summer I am supposed to go see UCLA. I want to go see them, and Arizona. I want to see Arizona and Arizona State, and LSU. Those are schools that I’ve talked about going to for official visits, so I definitely want to go see them."

Michigan State has had Zeigler as a high priority on its recruiting radar for more than a year.

"My versatility is the biggest thing they (Michigan State coaches) talk about," Zeigler says, "me being able to play three different guard spots. They really like that and they think I would be able to come in and help, play some point guard, play some shooting guard and defend and rebound."

Zeigler said he has kept an eye on Michigan State's recruiting. The Spartans have commitments from Assocated Press Class A Player of the Year Keith Appling, Eaton Rapids power forward Alex Gauna and Fort Wayne, Ind. forward Russell Byrd. Michigan State is interested in adding Zeigler to the 2010 class, perhaps along with Grand Ledge power forward Jon Horford.

"I saw that Gauna committed," Zeigler said. "I think that’s good for them. He's a good big man. I don't think it bothers me at all with the guys that they have coming in. I think that I could fit right in if I do make the decision to go there.

“I want to go somewhere where I can compete and get minutes as a freshman. I want to contribute as a freshman.”

The UCLA offer is one of the bigger recruiting news nuggets of the week on the AAU trail.

Zeigler’s father, Central Michigan University head basketball coach Ernie Zeigler, was an assistant coach at UCLA under Ben Howland prior to taking the CMU job. Ernie Zeigler also worked under Howland at Pittsburgh.

“That’s a big-time program,” Zeigler said of UCLA. “Coach Howland has really turned it around. I have known Coach Howland since I was in the fourth grade when my dad took a job at Pittsburgh. So I have been around him a lot. I know him very well. He is always joking around with me. I actually talked to him yesterday. They are a great group of guys, a great staff and I wouldn’t mind being around them.”

Zeigler said he would like to take five official visits in the fall and make a decision prior to his senior season at Mount Pleasant.

“I think it is going to be a very difficult decision,” Zeigler said. “I like a lot of schools so it is going to be very hard for me to just pick one.”

THIS AND THAT

  • Gholston said he plans to head over to the MSU coaches on Sunday to check in on the Spartan coaches. MSU continues to run strong with the state's best football player.

  • Team Detroit center Corey Petros of Utica Eisenhower had a good night, showing why he is blossoming as a major conference prospect. The 6-foot-9 Petros had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the first game. He hit a 3-pointer and hit a pair of field goals on rugged put-backs. He also converted a pair of old-fashioned 3-point plays.

    He had 8 points in the second game.

    He has offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Detroit and Cleveland State, among other mid-majors and low majors. He is hearing frequently from Penn State, Michigan, Indiana, Providence and Oklahoma State. No major conference schools have offered, but Penn State is very serious.

  • Team Detroit point guard Ray McCallum had 9 points in the first game and 10 in the second game.

    Michigan State has shown increased interest in the Detroit Country Day standout in recent weeks. Michigan State assistant Mark Montgomery watched McCallum at an open gym opportunity last month. MSU head coach Tom Izzo also put in a call to McCallum's father, University of Detroit head coach Ray McAllum Sr.

    "I thought recruiting would start to die down, but it is picking up," McCallum said. "I'm open to everyone right now."

    Michigan State has tried to sell McCallum on the idea of coming in as a third combo guard, along with Appling and Korie Lucious. Lucious will be a junior when Appling and McCallum are freshmen. Lucious came to MSU under similar circumstances, joining senior Travis Walton and sophomore Korie Lucious in helping Michigan State advance to its fifth Final Four of the Izzo era this season.

    However, MSU does not seem likely to get McCallum to follow a similar path.

    "Coach Izzo call my dad and said he is interested in me and he would like for me to come there," McCallum said. "But they already have Keith, and Korie Lucious, so I don't know if they really that I'm interested or anything, but I'm open to anyone, and whoever wants to recruit me, I'm showing them all some love.

    "Michigan State has a lot of good guards and I'm trying to go somewhere where I can come in right away and play as a freshman. Keith is their guy, and he is a great player and I think they are going to try to turn them into their point guard. And they have Korie. That's already two point guards. I'm not saying I'm not willing to look into it, because that's a great school and a great opportunity. If they really start picking it up and try to get involved then I will definitely give them a look."

    So who is McCallum looking at and getting interest from: "Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA, Michigan, Arizona, USC, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami, LSU and my dad at Detroit."

    McCallum confirmed that all have offered scholarships.

    Look for expanded quotes from Zeigler and more information on him in next week's Spring Football Wrap-Up issue of SPARTAN Magazine. Order an online subscription for just $29.95 at www.spartanmagazineonline.com


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