Trey Zeigler chooses to go to Pitt

Updated: April 8, 2012, 7:40 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Pittsburgh pulled off a huge recruiting coup to start the ACC in fall 2013 when Central Michigan guard Trey Zeigler chose the Panthers over Duke and UCLA on Saturday.

Former Central Michigan coach Ernie Zeigler told ESPN.com on Saturday his 6-foot-5 son will play for his former colleague Jamie Dixon at Pitt.

Zeigler and Dixon were assistants together under Ben Howland at Pitt. Ernie then followed Howland to UCLA.

He's with really good people at Pitt. He's back where me and Jamie started off.

-- Former Central Michigan coach
Ernie Zeigler on his son, Trey Zeigler,
who is transferring to Pitt

Trey Zeigler averaged 16.3 points as a freshman and 15.8 points and 6.7 rebounds as a sophomore.

"He's with really good people at Pitt," Ernie Zeigler said. "He's back where me and Jamie started off."

Ernie Zeigler said Trey will sit out the 2012-13 season and have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

The Panthers and Syracuse are expected to leave the Big East for the ACC in fall 2013.

Zeigler chose to play for his father at Central Michigan over Howland and UCLA out of Mount Pleasant (Mich.) High School.

Ernie Zeigler said Trey visited Duke the weekend before the Final Four and was scheduled to go to UCLA next weekend but canceled the visit.

Ernie Zeigler was fired at Central Michigan at the end of the season after coaching the Chippewas for six seasons. Central Michigan was 11-21 this past season, 5-11 in the MAC. Zeigler had two seasons left on his contract. Former Providence coach Keno Davis was hired last week to replace Zeigler.

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