After redshirt freshman Isaiah Epps transferred out of the program, Pitt was looking to bring someone else in. Jamie Dixon and company didn't waste much time in finding a replacement.â†µ
Trey Zeigler, a star guard from Central Michigan, has decided to transfer to Pitt after a weekend visit. Zeigler's father, Ernie, was the head coach at Central Michigan, but was fired this year. Trey decided to leave the program after that happened and will be a welcome addition to the Panthers.â†µ
Zeigler has averaged more than 15 points a game in each of his two seasons and almost as importantly, nearly seven rebounds a game last season. Pitt thrives on rebounding and he should fit right in.â†µ
Transfers normally must sit out a season before playing, but Zeigler is applying for a special waiver to allow him to play this year. If that happens, the outlook for the Panthers should be much brighter. Zeigler will have a great chance to start alongside senior guard Tray Woodall in the backcourt and if any combination of Lamar Patterson, J.J. Moore, and Talib Zanna start at the forward spots, Pitt could be starting four upperclassmen.â†µ
Zeigler, though, isn't without his faults. He shot 46% from the field last season, but under 50% from the line. He also shot less than 30% from three-point range and has had more turnovers than assists in his career at Central Michigan. Still, his addition should help Pitt more than it hurts them and if he can play this year, it will enable Dixon to bring his young guards along more slowly.â†µ
For more on the transfer and Pitt basketball, check out SB Nation's Pitt blog, Cardiac Hill.