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Pitt lands prized basketball transfer

Trey Zeigler used to follow Pitt men's basketball players on their NCAA Tournament runs, spending time with stars Brandin Knight, Julius Page and Jaron Brown.

No later than the 2013-14 season, he may be able to help the Panthers.

Zeigler is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who averaged 16 points at Central Michigan the past two seasons.

He said Saturday night he has decided to transfer to Pitt, where his father, Ernie, served with coach Jamie Dixon on Ben Howland's staff from 2001-03.

Zeigler likely will sit out the 2012-13 season, according to NCAA transfer rules, but Ernie Zeigler said he is hoping "extenuating circumstances" will make his son immediately eligible.

Ernie Zeigler was fired as Central Michigan's coach this year after six seasons.

"He is revisiting home," Ernie Zeigler said.

"Jamie is on the cusp of doing more special things. Trey wants to be a part of it."

The younger Zeigler said he chose Pitt over offers from Duke, UCLA, Arizona State and LSU.

Zeigler's ties to Pitt through his father attracted him to the Panthers, but he also said he is intrigued by the team's 2012 recruiting class that includes forwards Steven Adams and Chris Jones and point guard James Robinson.

"It had a little bit to do with my roots," he said, "but they also have a great recruiting class coming in."

At Central Michigan, Zeigler averaged 15.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 31.8 minutes this season.

He will enroll at Pitt in time for the first summer session and be on campus in May.

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