Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sheldon Jeter a Panther

To what should be a surprise to no one, former Beaver Falls HS and Vanderbilt small forward Sheldon Jeter has committed to the Panthers.  The 6'8" Jeter averaged 5.5 ppg and 3.4 rpg in his freshman season with the Commodores. He tried to transfer to Pitt a few months ago but Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings inexplicably denied it. In late August Jeter decided to enroll at Polk State in Winter Haven, FL.  Jeter however will not play for Polk State, but he will practice under the tutelage of former Robert Morris head coach Matt Furjanic, who will prepare him for Pitt and the ACC.  Jeter will have three years to play three years.  A long athlete and a good three point shooter, Jeter should see significant playing time next season.

61 comments:

  1. Good get with this kid, at the end of the recruiting game at least. Who knows whether Dixon didn't show him the local love early on or the kid just wanted to expand his horizons, but has some serious upside with the way he played as a freshman.

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    1. Like I said before, Pitt didn't feel that he fit into the Big East. The ACC is much better for his game. Much less banging.

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    2. Don't think that was the case Chris as that would make zero sense considering when Pitt was recruiting Sheldon they knew they would start in the ACC this year, which would be Jeter's sophomore year. So you're not going to recruit a guy because he doesn't fit where you will be for one more year? Nah. They either didn't think he was good enough or simply wanted another guard and got Chris Jones.

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    3. I'm telling you that when he was at Beaver Falls a Pitt assistant told me that he wasn't physical enough for them so they passed. Now that they are in the ACC and he's a available he's a better fit because they don't expect to be as physical.

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    4. Well if they thought he wasn't physical enough to play for Pitt, that makes sense. But saying he isn't physical enough for the Big East would make zero sense considering they were only there one more year. I mean Pitt knew they were going to the ACC which they knew was a more finesse league. Maybe Pitt originally thought they would keep their rugged style in Big East and Dixon had a change of heart?

      I believe you, it's just that the staff's reasoning doesn't make much sense unless they saw something at Vandy that they now like him more.

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    5. Chris,
      I agree with Anony. Pitt didn't expect 5 players to transfer, etc this year and they need bodies. Pitt has thumbed their nose to local talent. Having a couple local talent on the roster is a good thing for stability. I think they have learned from past mistakes. They finally offered the Hampton kid and Rowan has committed.

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    6. I remember when the Big East wasn't nearly as physical. Pitt changed that. Who is to say the same thing won't happen in the ACC?

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  2. you calling him soft Chris? nah, hope not

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  3. I think he proved in the SEC last year that he's not soft. But his game wasn't suited much for Pitt and the Big East at the time. It was pretty brutal and he's much better in space where he can use his length and shooting skills.

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  4. will he play for pitt in 2014 or 2015 and if 2014 how many do we have than just 2 or 3
    spots on the team.

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    1. He should transfer into Pitt in January and okay in 2014. As for scholarship numbers that's always a fluid situation. Just look at the offseason when it seems like half the team wanted out.

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  5. We haven't had much basketball talk around here. With Midnight Madness yesterday prior to the football game, I think it's a good time to discuss. Chris, I've ask you before about the impact Slice has had on this staff in the few months he's been on board. After last season, it looked as though Pitt basketball was headed towards a period of despair. With the addition of Slice and some late gets of Artis and Uchebo, this isn't doesn't look so bleak. I've followed your tweets and the constant reminder of how aggressive the staff has been this off-season. So that leads me to my question. What do you think the change of philosophy has come from? A re-evaluation of their program? The AD? The coaching staff shakeup? The entrance to the ACC? Now that Pitt has a solid stream of money coming in, you would imagine their recruiting budget has also increased as well. Look forward to any information you can provide Chris.

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  6. Chris are you a Pitt booster in any way? If so, why do you contact recruits on twitter telling them or persuading to choose Pitt?

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    1. I don't persuade anybody. It's none of my business where they want to go. I just report it afterward.

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    2. Are you a booster per NCAA rules?

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  7. Don't know much about SJ and haven't ever seen him play. Will he crack the starting lineup and is he a difference maker ?

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    1. He was 6th man and occasional starter at Vandy as a freshman.
      It is better than Patterson (Pitt's starting SF). In my opinion.

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  8. Joe D knows all.... so he thinks. Thanks Chris!

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  9. Chris, Is Jeter able to play this coming January or does he wait til the fall?

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  10. Congratulations to him.

    I don't know much about the kid but can give him some easy advice. Work on nothing but your D with that coach. If you can dominate that side of things, Dixon will play you.

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  11. Doke,

    Any idea of who Pitt is going to fill out the rest of this b-ball recruiting class with? Getting late in the game. Any idea who are the remaining targets? Would think a Center would be a real priority.

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  12. Chris the CBS Sports.Com experts are out with their conference projected order. Pitt did not receive a good showing. Your thoughts?

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    1. What did you expect when Pitt ONLY has 11 scholarship players of which 5 are in their 1st year at Pitt.
      Dixon programs typically built on returnees and experience.
      So, this year is difficult to predict how successful the team will be.

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    2. They were ranked 6-8 in a 15 team league that's the best in the country. That's actually very good for a program that's in transition for one more year.

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  13. Chris: When do you think Dixon will beat someone worth something in the big dance? It hasn't happened since...?

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  14. Chris please give us your thoughts on the Luther boys from Hampton. Would the one be a solid player for Pitt? How will their recruitment shake out?

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  15. Dixon is desperate, Pulling kids off of Rutgers & Vandy (wow 2 BBall powerhouse programs!!) scrap heap. practices stiffs nothing more.

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    1. According to Rivals, Pitt made 18 offers for 2014 (I'm not counting Jeter because in effect he is a transfer from spring)
      Of the 18, 13 have committed leaving only 5 uncommitted.

      Pitt has 3 more scholarships available for 2014 and I don't see Mostella as one of them.
      I would say it's Dixon controlling style of play that is keeping players from committing. They may wait to see how Dixon's team plays in ACC.

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  16. Let's be perfectly clear. Pitt is currently having no trouble recruiting.

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    1. Feel free to answer the above questions. When will Dixon do something in the dance and make a final four? Until then, its a huge blemish and he cannot be considered one of the greats of this era.

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    2. I guess we will have to wait until 11/13 to see who signs during Early Signing.
      Then we can ascertain whether Pitt is having trouble recruiting.

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    3. Joe D,

      Did somebody hack into your account? This is the most level-headed thing you have ever posted! I agree 100% with you on this.

      Why don't you apply the same logic when it comes to football recruiting, Paul Chryst and Matt House?

      RKR

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  17. whats happening with mostella

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    1. Here is an article someone posted somewhere date 7/22/13.
      I doubt Pitt will be seeing Mostella. Nobody knows if he is taking courses or anything.

      http://www.decaturdaily.com/sports/top_sports_rotator/article_8b1ca704-f285-11e2-9a65-0019bb30f31a.html

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    2. Mostella was always in jeopardy of being ineligible. Unfortunately he told some recruiting writers that he would be eligible and they ran with it. This is why I talk to coaches and not kids, because the kid always think everything will be okay.

      Mostella is a big time talent, and Pitt still wants him for next year, but with kids like him you have to assume that he'll never get here. If he does eventually make it to Pitt it will be a great addition.

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  18. Dixon is an above average coach. We're going to see real soon just how "above" average he is.

    PittofDreams

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  19. Dixon is not an elite coach due to lack of major post season success. However, based on his record over so many years, he is way beyond being simply an "above average" coach. A merely "above average coach" is simply any coach who hasn't lost more game sthan he has won over his career (slightly over 0.500 winning percentage). Nationally, Dixon has to be easily within the top 20% of all Div 1 coaches.

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    1. Some 330 D1 colleges for basketball if I'm not mistaken.
      Top 10% or Top 35 seems about right for Dixon.

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    2. Curious.

      What is the bar for Pitt, say, over the next four years in order to cement Dixon's place as a "top 10%" coach?

      Does the bar include going deep into the NCAA's or even a Final Four appearance? Or are continued regular season wins simply enough?

      What is the bar?

      PittofDreams

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    3. I would opine that Dixon is ranked between 30-35 or bottom of Top 10%.
      That said, its body of work. Dixon has been sliding the last 3 years.
      Its not just wins and losses or how deep in NCAA or recruiting but consistency, etc. It's subjective as well as objective.

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    4. Mark my word. Dixon will get a Final Four in the next 4 years.

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    5. I will take some of that action. Dixon will not be in the final four in the next four years.

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    6. Me too 21!!
      Where can we line up to bet JohnRamella.
      Just look at current roster and incoming 2014 class (which is nobody and Jeter is a transfer). I will opine that Pitt won't make Elite 8 either in next 3 years based upon what other teams are recruiting vs. Pitt.
      They should make Sweet 16 once during next 3 years.

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    7. Hey look Joe learned a new word and he sort of knows how to use it.

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    8. Anony 1:56
      Seems you agree with my opinion.

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    9. The inference that he agrees with your opinion is incorrect, based on what he wrote. He's making an observation about your grammar, not about your opinion.

      He may in fact agree with you, but it's not evident from his post.

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  20. A little more data on recruiting.
    Per Rivals, of the Top 150 BB players of 2014 class, 43 have NOT committed yet.

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  21. Chris when answering the question of where Dixon ranks, does he rank above Greg Marshall?

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  22. Who is Greg Marshall? Never heard of the guy. Obviously Dixon should be rated higher than a relative unknown who hasn't been proven over the long-haul.

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  23. He is the Wichita state coach who made it to final 4 last yr.
    KRF

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  24. well before you rate Marshall higher because he won his only matchup against Dixon, note that Dixon is 1 and 0 vs Coach K.

    Marshall did a great job but he needs to be evaulated over a length of time. What's Gene Chizik doing these days?

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    1. Actually, Dixon is 1-1 against Greg Marshall.

      Pitt beat Wichita State 68-55 during the 2009-2010 season.

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    2. Gene is being paid 3 million this year by Auburn not to coach this year. He's also being paid by XMSirius, not sure how much

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    3. Yes, he's being paid to "not coach."

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  25. i know its still very early, but is Avonte Maddox is hard commit or is there a possibility of a team to come in a get him

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    1. There's a chance for any player on any team going somewhere else. I don't think Maddox would go to Purdue but if a better Big 10 program offers him then I think that could definitely change things.

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