Lost a bit in last week's drama-fest of Pitt losing Steven Adams and Rushel Shell was that the basketball program also lost backup guard Trey Zeigler. Zeigler talked to PantherLair recently about leaving the program:
"I just don't think I fit in the system here," Zeigler told Panther-Lair.com. "That is the main reason I decided to transfer."
"I haven't spoken to the staff about their plans on the specifics of the release or anything like that yet. There are no hard feelings at all. I just need to move forward and find a school that fits me best."
Truer words probably haven't been spoken than that first sentence. That's not to say that Zeigler never would have fit in, but it was definitely a bit uncomfortable last season. I've maintained that Zeigler is really the type of player that needs lots of minutes to be consistently productive. He was a scorer at Central Michigan and I don't think that ability disappeared overnight. But coming off the bench just looked like an uncomfortable fit for him.
I've already made this point previously, but Zeigler really needs to find a smaller school, in my opinion - somewhere where he can play and get a lot of minutes. In reality, the Central Michigan thing seemed like a good fit. With his father being let go as the coach, I can definitely understand why he left. But that's the type of environment he needs. I'd be surprised if he ended up at another big program.