The Pittsburgh Panthers could not make Trey Zeigler anymore happy than his previous team could. Zeigler announced his intentions to leave the program and join another just a few hours before Steven Adams declared early entry into the pros. The move is not incredibly surprising, as he only joined the program after his father was canned from his previous playing spot with the Central Michigan Chippawas.
Zeigler spent plenty on time on the court for his father, but his time under Jamie Dixon saw a significant decrease in minutes. In fact, his overall production as a player dropped. Zeigler only averaged 4.4 points per outing in 31 games of action. The lack of time on the court as well as production is pretty surprising as most figured when he transferred that he would have a shot to compete for the starting shooting guard position.
Dixon just signed a 10-year extension with the program. While the loss of Adams is significant, losing Zeigler is not exactly a deathblow to the program. Still, Dixon relied on a deep rotation this season and the loss of any ample bodies will make next year’s bench a little less deep with talent.
Pittsburgh has had a pretty wild week themselves. Basketball transfers and early entries aside, the Panthers also lost a running back to another school as well as having asked their woman’s basketball coach to pack up her belongings and go home.
The Panthers will be just fine despite all of the recent movement in all their athletic programs. This is Pitt after all, not the University of Broken Dreams.
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