Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pitt basketball hosting a plethora of major talent

Jamie Dixon clearly has not taken well to people doubting the direction of the Pitt program. Using the services of an extra recruiter, and an excellent one at that in Barry Rohrssen, as well as the buzz of being in the ACC, Dixon has recruited like he's never done before.  For evidence just look at who the Pitt staff is entertaining this weekend.

Maverick Rowan, Lincoln Park HS (Midland, PA)- The Class of 2016 SG has already committed to the Panthers and the 6'6" sharpshooter is doing his best to recruit other great players with him. Considered a possible top 50 prospect in the class, at least, the 6'6" Rowan repeated 8th Grade twice (for non-academic reasons) so he could possibly reclassify and get to Pitt for the 2015 class.

Sheldon Jeter, Vanderbilt transfer-  This one I'm sure Pitt fans are familiar with.  The former Beaver Falls star was interested in Pitt before committing to Vanderbilt but the Panthers didn't see a spot for him at the time, especially in the rugged Big East conference. But now that they've moved to the more athletic and less physically brutal ACC, the 6'8" small forward may be a better fit.  He was inexplicably denied a transfer to Pitt a few months ago so he is spending time in Florida learning to be a better player with former Robert Morris head coach Matt Furjanic.  He would have three years of eligibility remaining and would be in the 2015 class.

Josh Martin, Bothell HS (Bothell, WA)- The 6'7" 220 power forward must be a pretty good fit for Pitt if Dixon is willing to go all the way out to Washington to get him. Martin is just that thanks to his great build and explosive athleticism. Throw in the fact that he has range out to the three point arc and is an excellent passer and he has everything Pitt loves in a power forward. A 2014 prospect.

Cheick Diallo, Our Savior New American School (Centereach, NY)- A top 10 prospect in the 2015 class, the 6'9" power forward has offers from the likes of UConn, Syracuse, Louisville, and Kansas but just getting a player of his immense talent to even visit is a big step up for the Pitt program.

Kassoum Yakwe, Our Savior New American School (Centereach, NY)- A classmate of Diallo and a top 25 prospect in the 2016 class, the 6'7" small forward is a fantastic player with offers already from the likes of Pitt, Syracuse, and St. John's. Like Diallo and the next player on the list, just getting players like this on campus is a step in the right direction.

Caleb Swanigan, Homestead HS (Fort Wayne, IN)-  This time Dixon is trying to reach into Big 10 territory for this top 20 prospect in the 2016 class.  And he's a big one at that at 6'8" and 275 pounds.  Pitt has already offered as have schools like Michigan State, Illinois, and Georgetown. He's also a big time offensive tackle prospect in football but he has quit the sport to concentrate on basketball.

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post.

    I believe Martin is in the 2014 class.

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  2. I don't doubt JD .. he has been successful with his formula and with some minor tweaks to account for the style of play in the ACC, we will be rolling again. Especially, if we get two or more of the guys you mention. Unfortunately, we've faltered somewhat lately with a collection of guys that IMHO were too streaky, didn't develop and didn't mesh well with the system and/or each other. Poor recruiting, poor developmental training or just bad luck ? - I don't know exactly .. however, I feel that, starting with this year's team, we are turning the corner. There may be a hiccup or two along the way but overall - Watch Out ACC ! Hail to Pitt.

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  3. Slice will deliver the talent and that is up to Dixon to make it work well. Between Pitt and Syracuse being the programs from the east that play in the ACC, that will give them much higher profile now. BC is just not a program of that stature and never was.

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    1. I all sways thought Pitt should be getting better players. Great school, great facilities, top flight competition. On top of that, a lot of these kids are coming from urban areas, so you'd think they would feel comfortable at Pitt.

      I think it just comes down to them trying to get to the NBA. That's all they want, and Dixon needs to start playing a system that highlights the talent and strengths of his players. Motion offense, pass the ball around the arc for 30 seconds, high ball screen and a jump shot from 20 feet is just boring.

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  4. Pitt has 4 available scholarships for 2014.
    Mostella is unknown so I'm not counting on him.
    But so far, Pitt has "ZERO" committs. I'd like to see some early signings.
    Being in the final 5 for any recruit whether basketball or football is meaningless. What matters is getting them to commit followed by a signature.

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  5. Maverick Rowan should be two months into his senior year of high school, not a soon to be 18 year old Sophomore. Being that he is Coached by his cousin, he has free reign to do as he pleases on the Lincoln Park team. If you go to a Lincoln Park home game, you will see how many people in the stands complain about watching a high school kids take 30-35 shots a game when you have the luxury of having a 6'8 Division 1 power forward and a 6'6 Division 1 small forward starting along side him.

    As a coaches son, you would think he would be fundamentally sound, but Ron Rowan is just a selfish person too. I see why he's not coaching anymore.

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  6. Jeter and Martin hve committed according to the Post Gazzette this morning (Sunday 9/25). Rowan committed a while back.

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  7. Do I read this correctly? Pitt may have Rowan and Martin on their roster in two years? Very Interesting . . .

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    1. A good one Anony04:56! I bet you won't find that in your Funk and Wagnel!

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  8. Martin committed to Minnesota. Slice and dixon have not delivered.. it's easy to get a kid to visit. Dixon's ego is too big and his system is terrible big talent will go anywhere to play other than pitt (ron)

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    1. Of course the real reason why Pitt hasn't been able to add any PFs is that they already have two very good freshmen at that position. But why let facts get in the way?

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