PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pitt basketball will have the services of transfer Trey Zeigler  in 2012-13, as he was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA.

Zeigler decided to transfer to Pitt from Central Michigan after his father, head coach Ernie Zeigler, was fired. The NCAA can grant a transfer an immediate eligibility waiver under certain circumstances, and Trey’s situation was deemed as such.

He will provide the Panthers scoring help at the shooting guard position alongside point guard Tray Woodall.

“We felt like there was a really good chance this would happen,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon told the Post-Gazette Friday night. “After Dan did all of the research, we were very hopeful based on what he was telling us. We expected this decision.”

Zeigler, who will be a junior this coming season, scored over 1,000 points at CMU and led the Chippewas in scoring both years. He and Woodall, along with promising juniors Lamar Patterson and J.J. Moore, should present Pitt with the opportunity to put up a lot of points in 2012-13.

“He’s a very good passer, very athletic, very good off the dribble,” Dixon said of Zeigler. “He’s a very good and skilled passer. That was reconfirmed. His athleticism is better than I remembered when we were recruiting him.”

Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog