Friday, November 22, 2013

Panthers land European center

Panthers assistant coach Barry Rohrssen has a strong connection with the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain and that's a good thing since the academy has produced over 50 Division 1 players in the last six years.  Rohrssen was interested in a handful of prospects including one I mentioned earlier, 16-year old center Menno Dijkstra. But first Rohrseen pulled the gun on a 19-year old, Shaquille Doorson, who like Dijkstra is a center from the Netherlands. The 6'11" 265 pound Doorson obviously has great size, but he also runs extremely well.

However, Doorson has also only played basketball for a little over two years and was a complete unknown until found by Canarias. For that reason, Doorson, who will be at Pitt next season, is very raw and may not be ready to make a major impact for a few years yet.  But his upside is high and acquiring a 6'11" center with a high upside is always a good thing.  Jamie Dixon has yet to see Doorson in person but he will get his chance tonight as Doorson will be playing in New Haven, CT.

16 comments:

  1. Chris, would you say he has the potential to be a Steve Adams type of recruit?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey Chris...just curious...what currently makes you qualified to vote for college awards?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm a member of both the USBWA and the FWAA.

      Delete
  3. Wow, getting a player to commit without a face to face.
    And without an unofficial visit.
    Very impressive.
    Thanks be to Barry "Slice".
    Any Canarias alum in NBA??

    ReplyDelete
  4. I would say he is more like zanna. He was very raw coming in. Potential to learn the game a little bit and be a real contributor his Jr. and sr. Season.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Lets aim for McGee before a lottery pick.

    ReplyDelete
  6. He's only been playing since he was 17 like you say, but by the time he gets here he'll be 20. A little old to be banking so much on upside maybe. But if we don't need him until he's a junior or senior and we redshirt him he could be steal.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I guess this was the backup plan to that 7'0" from Kiski Prep.
    Pittsburgh will be a shock to this kid coming from the Canary Islands off Spain.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You got the order reversed. Pitt wanted this kid over Pierce. That's why they didn't recruit him that hard.

      Delete
    2. It's pretty obvious Pitt was going hard after the kiski kid based upon all the reports and interviews including the kiski coach. After he verbal to Marquette, Pitt went for Shaq.
      Nothing wrong with that. No shame in that.
      Too many times we hear, after a player commits to another school, well we didn't want him anyway. smh.

      Delete
    3. A coach is always going to make it look like his kid is being recruited hard. And they should. But me, and many others who followed Pierce, said weeks ago that Pitt was looking at a European center and was not as interested in Pierce. And that's when most people assumed he was going to Pitt. Trust me, Pitt likes this kid more.

      Delete
  8. Congratulation's to Shaquille. Hope you become a superstar.

    ReplyDelete
  9. chris is pitt still looking at the 16 year old center for next year our did he go some were else.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They're still looking at him and everybody else at Canarias. Rohrssen is close friends with the academy so they will monitor it to see if anybody can help them.

      Delete
  10. On a side note Chris - I was reading your twitter and saw absurd tweet from some guy that the media ran Graham out of town. I can even believe some people would think that. I did not hear anything bad about the guy til the text went out to the team. Was anything that media holding back from the public during that time?

    ReplyDelete