Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Isaiah Epps to transfer

In one of the biggest non-shockers in history, guard Isaiah Epps will not continue his playing career at Pitt and will instead transfer to a school closer to home.  This currently leaves Pitt with one more scholarship to give.  Epps, a native of Plainfield, NJ, redshirted his first season, then averaged 5.4 minutes a game this season as a redshirt freshman.

One possible replacement could be Central Michigan transfer Trey Zeigler, formerly a top 30 prospect who chose to play for Central Michigan because his father, former Pitt assistant Ernie Ziegler, was the head coach.  Zeigler got fired a few weeks ago and now his son is looking to transfer.  The 6'5" SG/SF has shot poorly in his first two seasons but he is also a player of elite skills.  In fact, he has already visited Duke.

44 comments:

  1. What are your thoughts on Chris Jones vs. Trey Zeigler? Take them both, if possible, or give up on one? I know it's not guaranteed for Zeigler to get the waiver (or to come to Pitt) but having you dad fired is as good as any.

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    1. I think they would take both.

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    2. Do you anticipate anyone else leaving? It seems Pitt is still aggressively pursuing recruits for next year. It also appears they are focusing on ball handling and athleticism...is this in preparation for the ACC?

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    3. With Epps leaving, Pitt has an extra ship...
      Chris Jones replaced Khem Birch..
      I think it should be Sanchez of the Bronx. They offered him already.

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  2. A blind man could see Epps was in dis-favor especially when Rivers played in the CBI!

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  3. This Trey Ziegler character sounds like another disgruntled yute carrying a militant chip on his shoulder.

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  4. Imma Man! Im 40!April 4, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Sign him! A 6'-5 SG/SF is 2" taller than Pitt's starting PF (who played almost every minute of every game, for reasons that still mystify me...).

    Point being: that same PF this year couldn't shoot either, unless you count put-back bunnies from 2' out or less.

    So at worst, if he can't shoot, he'd be a serious upgrade at 4 (skill-wise), which is a position in desperate need of one.

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  5. his dad was fired? Disgruntled? He was a top 30 recruit who went to a smaller school to play for his dad. Would you want to coach the son of a coach that you replaced? It's an awkward situation all the way around and a rational person would look to transfer.

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  6. Imma Man! Im 40!April 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    And I saw your Twitter feed that he made less than 50% of his FTs last year. Wow, even MORE positive comparisons and upgrades from our PF this past year!

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  7. Chris, does it basically come down to whoever accepts first gets the last scholarship? What happens if 2 recruits accept now that 1 player already transfered. Force another kid out?

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    1. It's much more likely that Pitt gets neither than both so I wouldn't worry about it. As of now, Duke will probably get Zeigler if they want him, and Goodman has academic problems.

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  8. Joe, sanchez is favoring st johns and providence

    It looks like dixon will take two more so id love to get zeiger and savon goodman. Zeiger, being 6'4", long, athletic, can shoot and handle, would be a good perimeter defender and huge upgrade in general. Goodman is sam young-like in that hes 6'6", very athletic, agressive rebounder, and struggles with his outside shot. Hed be a pitt pf, which some of you would hate because he is 6'6", but if he is eligible for 2012 he could get limited pt this year.

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    1. Zeigler definitely can't shoot. At least if his first two seasons in college are any indication. He gets points by being a volume shooter. And I doubt that Pitt will take two more. I'd be shocked if they did that, as a matter of fact.

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  9. Is Pitt still recruiting Trency Jackson for next year?

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  10. My guess on Jackson is that as soon as Zeigler agreed to visit the brakes were applied to Jackson's recruiting.

    Chris - are any of the schools pursuing Zeigler also looking for an asst. coach so as to offer a package deal?

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  11. Joe D - that would make a lot of sense, but for some reason I just can't see the Dukes making that move.

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  12. Also, as reported by the New York Post, Pitt will visit Olney (Ill.) Central guard Trivante Bloodman on Thursday

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  13. Not sure if he would help us. Not the guy we need at this time..

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    1. If you mean bloodman, then i agree. Zeiger, goodman, or both is what id be going for. Maybe jackson but hes my third option

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  14. PK, Goodman must have academic problems...
    He has no offers per rivals..

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    1. He does have academic problems, which is is why I wrote it, but he also has many offers. Rivals is just asleep at the wheel.

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  15. Doke,
    I laughed at your tweet regarding Todd Graham and the bomb threats...
    now, if you said Penni Graham... I would be on the floor laughing.. she calls the shots you know!!! lol

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  16. Is Pitt Hoops a top 25 team next year?

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    1. Depends upon how Adams does... in my opinion.
      If Adams is a double double machine... yes, top 25.

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    2. if adams is a double double machine pitt will be a top 15 team next year. im expecting him to be at about 14 points and 9 rebounds per game. the fact that pitt will actually have an inside scoring threat will give the guards more open shots and on defense adams will have an impact beyond just blocks. hell change shots and he will have that intimidation effect that you see when anthony davis and andre drummond are out there. noth only does he have a threat to score down low, he has 3 point range and can drive to the bucket from the high post. how many big east centers next year could guard that? and hes a good passer and doesnt commit stupid mistakes so if hes a double double guy, pitt as a whole doesnt turn the ball over as much, and guys like zanna or james robinson are at least consistant role players then pitt will be a top 15, top 20 at least. there are quite a few ifs that need to be answered, but if they are, pitt will be back to winning games again

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  17. chris, what chance does pitt have at 2013 recruits rysheed jordan and stanford robinson?

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  18. I think the real key is whether Adams has academic problems and may not qualify.

    Chris, what's the word on that?

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  19. Hey Doke...
    what are your thoughts on Petrino and Arkansas...
    any chance Graham applies for the position??
    It's closer to his Texas roots and recruiting grounds.

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    1. I heard it was his dream job.

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    2. The Fraud could show Petrino how to ride his motorcycle in the left lane - hammer down....withOUT wrecking maybe?

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  20. Chris any chance you can give us a football update on recruiting? Any commits soon? any surprises?

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  21. Pitt has offered a scholarship to Lackawanna, JC offensive tackle, Marquis Wallace. Other offers include East Carolina, Houston, SMU, Kansas and South Florida. More offers will soon follow.

    Good to see the staff hitting the JuCo circuit to fill needs along both lines.

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  22. Chris, i have a football x's and o's question. Anyone can chime in. We keep saying that chrysts system is the same as the one pitt used two years ago, but how can it be the same as the past one or any other pro system? I mean, why is it that chryst can have a pro system that puts up 400 yards and 35 ppg game every year when most pro styles only put up 280 yds and 28 ppg? I know theyre both technically pro systems but theres obviously differences. Any thoughts?

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  23. Yeah they had better players who executed.

    It also has a lot to do with the coach who calls the plays and when or if he calls them in the correct situations. The Stache always seem to force Cignetti to call it conservative and Cavanaugh seemed to be clueless to the college game.

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  24. pk - Execution, play calling skills and aggressiveness.

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  25. Zeigler just committed to Pitt hoops. Big get because of athleticism.

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    1. If pitt finds a way to get savon goodman, depending on available schollies, this would be a MONSTER class

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  26. Doke,

    Trey Ziegler chose Pitt over Duke after spending time on Pitt's campus Thursday and Friday with Jamie Dixon ... Here is TG's tweet on the topic:

    Trey Zeigler ‏ @Tzig
    "Just committed to the University of Pittsburgh! #hail2pitt"

    WHAT A SCORE FOR PITT.

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  27. Maybe Dixon offers Ol' man Ziegler a job. This way he's employed by the university and little Ziegler ends up freeing a scholarship. Just a logical thought.

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