Thursday, October 24, 2013

Jamie Dixon lands a local star

The Panthers 2014 class grew by one tonight as Hampton HS (Allison Park, PA) forward Ryan Luther verbally committed to Pitt.  The 6'8" Luther projects as a combo forward, but is currently best suited for power forward where he can cause matchup problems. A good, but not great athlete, Luther could also play some small forward but his athleticism, passing, and shooting is more of an asset at the four.

Luther was also offered by Iowa, Dayton, Duquesne, George Washington, and Virginia Tech, among others.

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  1. I have no idea how good this kid is, but he's local and has decent offers so I'm good with it. However, I was taking a look at all the top prospects for next year and I was pretty surprised at what I saw. There were a number of top 100 (according to ESPN) kids going to odd schools for that type of athlete - lots of Marquette/VCU/Rhode Island/SMU/Providence types of schools that are non-powers and don't play in the good leagues. How do these schools bring in the "top" recruits and Pitt is scraping for guys that don't get offers from hardly anyone else?? San Diego St, Xavier and VCU all have 2 each of the ESPN top 100 for next year. How can these schools out recruit PITT???

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    1. VCU is hardly an "odd school". A recent Final Four appearance, Shaka Smart is their coach and their game atmosphere is a powerful sell. Its THE sport at the school as well.

      If want to believe the A-10 is not a "good league" have at it, but it perennially places multiple schools in the Tournament.

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    2. I can see why every single one of the schools mentioned get good recruits:

      Marquette - Buzz Williams has done an incredible job there.

      VCU - Joe said it - Shaka Smart has it going on in Richmond.

      SMU now has Larry Brown - can sell the path to the NBA.

      Rhode Island now has Danny Hurley and was hired to turn that program around i.e - anything it takes to produce a winner.

      Providance if nothing else can sell tradition and at least the memories of a dominant BB league.

      Pitt goes after players that are willing to work hard - that don't receive hand-outs and that play good defense.

      Not many elite recruits in that category.

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    3. even Seton Hall and Xavier are high on the recruiting rankings this year.

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    4. I might be wrong, but these current to-be seniors and juniors in high school have no memory of Pitt's run last decade. That doesn't matter to them. Pitt is a school with a CBI title and a first-round tourney loss on its resume. Even the juice of The Pete has dried up as this is Year 12 in that building.

      I think Pitt is in another transition year. The early losses of Birch and Adams coupled with some average recruiting classes (transfers) has curtailed progress. We grew too accustomed to the players changing but the results staying the same because of the front of the uniform. That no longer exists.

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  2. Pitt currently has 3 incoming commits ... one is from Beaver Falls, one is from Hampton and the third (a 2016) commit plays at Midland. They are avidly pursuing a seven footer from Kiski School in Saltsburg.

    Either (1) the quality BB players from the northern suburbs of Pgh are really improving, (2) Roeshrssen is having trouble in getting anyone from NJ/NYC or (3) the AD has cut the recruiting budget.

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  3. Congratulations to Ryan. What an exciting conference and team to be joining.

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  4. I m not sure what to think about today's pitt basketball scrimage. I was not that impressed. Their d was not good, Zanna did not impress me much with his post moves. Lamar looked good, but like last yr he looked like he could break out at times and other times looked like he was sleep walking. Mike Young is good, but not a center and needs to get some more muscle. Robinson just cannot jump that well when he drives into the line but he is solid. I am not sure Wright will be able to shoot well enough at the 2 even though everyone says he got better. I think Mostella not being eligible will hurt. Artis did not play much and Newirk did not do anything to show that he could be force. Overall was a little worrsiome. I was also hoping for a little more running, I did not see any running and even though Curtis Aiken put on a good face for the game doing the commentary I think they have alot of work to do.

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    1. They're better than last year and will be better in future years. I'm not worried about them.

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    2. Yeah....well I'm worried plenty....

      http://triblive.com/sports/college/collegegalleries/4936247-74/pitt-dixon-game

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    3. It's an exhibition game. That's why they play them. Syracuse lost to D-2 LeMoyne four years ago then went 30-5.

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    4. Yeah Chris, but in the article Dixon says, quote:

      Dixon wanted to take a good look at his starters last night. Patterson, Zanna, Cameron Wright and James Robinson all topped the 30-minute mark.

      “Those four have clearly been our best players,” Dixon said.

      Let that sink in for awhile...

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  5. Hate to say this, but another average player to compete against Duke, Syracuse and UNC.

    This kid may turn out to be ok, but with bringing in Slice I thought we would be getting better prospects.

    I think with Zanna at center this year the year will be a train wreck waiting to happen.

    I hope I am wrong

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  6. If you're waiting for post moves from Zanna, you'll be waiting for a long while

    But I did see a couple from Young

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