While most attention on the Pitt athletic program surrounded the departure of Rushel Shell, the Pitt basketball team announced a couple of moves as well.
Up first, nearly a year to the day that he announced his decision to transfer to Pitt, junior guard Trey Zeigler has decided to transfer after one year at Pitt. He transferred in from Central Michigan a year ago, and will now look to finish off his eligibility elsewhere.
"We will assist Trey in finding the best situation for him to reach his goals both academically and athletically,” Dixon said. “He’s a great kid, hard worker and good player. We thank Trey for his contribution to our program over the last year and wish him much success in the future.”
Zeigler averaged 4.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in 31 games, but averaged 0.75 points a game in the final nine games of the season, we also seeing his minutes drop. Zeigler had a season-high 18 points in a win over DePaul in January, and a 13-point performance in a win at Villanova, also in January.
Zeigler was suspended indefinitely, missing a total of two games following a DUI arrest in November.
Adams, the nation's No. 14 overall player in the Class of 2012, and five-star recruit, leaves after just one year.
A Big East All-Rookie Team selection, Adams led Pitt in blocked shots (65), rebounding (6.3 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.571), while also contributing 7.2 points per game. He started all 32 of games played in 2012-13, finishing with two double-doubles, six double figure scoring games and five 10-plus rebound games.
He concluded his freshman season ranked among school freshman season leaders in several statistical categories; games started (2nd), field goal percentage (1st), rebounds (6th), rebound average (7th), percentage of starts (1st), blocked shots (2nd) and blocked shots average (3rd).
“In discussing options with my family and Coach Dixon, I feel that it is in my best interest to declare for the NBA Draft,” Adams said. “I want to thank everyone at Pitt including my teammates, coaching staff, the administration and the fans who have all supported me over the last year.”
“After talking with Steven and his family, we fully support him in this decision,” Dixon said. “We support him in choosing to pursue his dreams and in having the opportunity to provide for his family back in New Zealand. We will continue to stay involved in the process and he will always be a part of the Pitt Basketball family.”