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.