Zeigler’s Coach: The Sky’s The Limit

I spoke to Rashard Reeves, the head coach at Detroit Community High School earlier today about Bo Zeigler, a 2013 wing who told us this weekend that he has an offer from Indiana. An excerpt from my story in tomorrow’s paper, which also includes more info on Jalen James, follows.

Indiana may be running out of room for guards and wings for the next two seasons, but the Hoosiers are apparently still looking for perimeter help for 2013 and beyond.
Byron “Bo” Zeigler, a sophomore wing from Detroit Community High School, told reporters at the Run N’ Slam Tournament at Fort Wayne’s Spiece Fieldhouse last weekend that he recently received a scholarship offer from Indiana and was hoping to set up a visit sometime in June.
“They came and watched me workout and they told me they had a lot of interest in me,” said Zeigler, whose highly-recruited cousin Trey led Central Michigan in scoring as a freshman this season. “… They just told me when I come in, I can play.”
It won’t be easy for the Hoosiers to lure Zeigler out of his home state. Michigan and Michigan State have both extended offers as well as Iowa State, but Detroit Community Coach Rashard Reeves said Zeigler’s interest in IU is legitimate.
“He loves Indiana,” Reeves said. “If you get a chance to sit down and talk to him, I mean, I know instantly if Bo doesn’t like something. Coach (Tom) Crean came out to see him, and when the head coach comes to see you, it’s different than when an assistant does it. Bo noticed that. … Coach Crean came out to see him his freshman year. The end of his sophomore year, he seen him a couple of times. That made the difference, and Bo could tell that coach Crean was really feeling him.”
There are a lot of reasons he should be, Reeves said. Zeigler is listed at 6-foot-4, 190-pounds on Scout’s website, but Reeves said that now he’s closer to 6-7, and that at least in the high school game, he can play any spot on the floor.
Reeves said Zeigler averaged 18.5 points, 13 rebounds and six assists per game as a sophomore, helping lead Detroit Community to the Class B regional finals of the Michigan state tournament
“We post him up in high school, but he can play the point for us, too,” Reeves said. “He’s a big matchup problem in high school, because they’ll have a big guy checking them and he can bring them out on the perimeter.”
Reeves said Zeigler is a strong shooter from midrange as well as beyond the 3-point arc and that he’s quickly improving his ability to handle the basketball. He’s also a stellar passer, Reeves said, and sometimes has to be told to look for his own shot more.
“He likes to pass,” Reeves said. “He’s so unselfish that you have to remind him, ‘Hey, we need you to score some baskets.”
Reeves said he expects Ziegler to play shooting guard or small forward at the next level, but that his court sense is good enough that he could spend sometime at the point.
“The sky’s the limit for him,” Reeves said.

Hoosiers also in mix for James
Indiana hasn’t formally offered a scholarship to Jalen James, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound sophomore point guard from Chicago Hope Academy, but the Hoosiers are also involved with the Class of 2013 recruit and he said he’s looking to make a visit in June.
“I guess they’re looking for another point guard,” James said. “I guess their coach likes guards.”
James said he has two scholarship offers so far from Baylor and Cleveland State. He also has interest from Big Ten schools Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin as well as Missouri, Tennesse, Xavier, Dayton and DePaul. He said he is looking for an uptempo team. He has visits scheduled for Illinois and Michigan, but isn’t looking to make a decision until his senior year.


  1. Dustin, Good to shake your hand. I enjoyed the visit. I saw some damn good basketball played which offered a great deal of tough defense. Mike Gesell(pg/wore #10)of the All Iowa Attack who won it all(17&u)was the best no name I observed. Even Patterson’s D did not disrupt him but ever so slightly. Somebody is going to find he is a home run when all they expected was a swing for a single.

  2. HC, very much the same to you. Interesting info there. There was some really tough D, and if Ron Patterson can’t knock you off your game, well, that’s pretty impressive. I wasn’t there on Sunday, but the reports I was hearing gave me the impression that he was the one who got Elite back in that game.
    Again, if you make your way to B-Town, let me know.

  3. How cool would it be if these teams would play their games at different high school gyms in many a forgotten small town or inner city gym scattered across Indiana? Nevermind, we had that. It was called our state tournament before it was made so demographically segregated and “classy”. Now its just about lining the pockets some mega retail giant that found a way to get teenage airheads to buy more ‘Air Jordans’.

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