Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Panthers land junior college center

Pitt may have helped their center position next season by landing 6'9" center Tyrone Haughton of Iowa Western CC in Council Bluffs, IA.  Haughton played his high school basketball at Dr. Krop HS in Miami, FL. He originally committed to South Carolina.

Haughton has long arms and is an excellent shot blocker. He will immediately give Pitt a strong defensive presence in the middle. He is also a very good rebounder. He is, however, not a good offensive player and mostly scores on dunks.

The Panthers currently have no more scholarships to give, but they still want to land 6'6" wing Kobe Eubanks, who visited Baylor tonight.

48 comments:

  1. No scholarship??? Chris, who do you see leaving the team next year?

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  2. I'd say Uchebo is a good bet. Don't need four centers.

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    1. Randall may be a better bet.
      He filed a lawsuit against Rutgers and mike rice that is dragging Pitt into it. Will cause Dixon to testify against his friend.

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    2. Chris Jones.
      Dixon was desparate and he was offered late in HS as Dixon had no other options. Pitt was Jones best offer out of HS. All mid-major offers.

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    3. pitt was also jamel artis' best offer and hes showing a ton of promise as a true freshman.

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    4. Artis had other offers from schools in major conferences... Miami, Rutgers, South Florida per his Rivals profile.
      Chris Jones didn't have any offers from schools of major conferences. It was really a stretch when Pitt offered him late in the process.

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  3. What state is IO?

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    1. IA. Hard to do in the dark on an iPhone.

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    2. Just fooling around Chris. Good pickup. Thanks for the info

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  4. randall no that wont happen or pitt will be in the suit also may be some one is funking out.
    here is the thing they knew uchebo had a bad knee when they took him so how do they turn around and kick him off for that

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    1. If his injury is beyond repair, he gets a hardship scholarship.

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  5. can play defense, limited offensively....not really surprising.

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  6. Just what they needed, another guy with limited offensive skills. Sounds like our starting guards.

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  7. Are you including Mostella for next year?

    If that is the case, and we add Eubanks; I'm assuming Chris Jones will be gone then?

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  8. if they have to get rid of somebody for eubanks, id rather it be uchebo than jones as those seem to be the names that everyone throws out. as chris said, you don't need 4 centers. I also think that jones will develop into a good player. hes big enough to play both the 2 and 3 spots and hes a good athlete.

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  9. Great, another offensively challenged center

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    1. I don't know I thought McGhee worked out pretty good. We had a #1 seed with him at center. Guess it depends who surrounds him.

      The way I see it, with the 4 freshmen (all with scoring potential) returning along with Jeter and possibly Eubanks, a defensive oriented center who can rebound can fit in quite nicely.

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  10. a center that dunks? instead of missing bunnies? Sign me up. Hell yes.

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  11. If Haughton is better than Randall and it sounds like he is, you could cut loose BOTH Uchebo & Randall. As Chris mentioned before that Young could play the 5 next year in an article a couple weeks ago. Therefore he could surely spell Haughton at the 5 for 10 minutes a game. Opens up the spot for Eubanks who is surely needed at 2G. Jones could also be a candidate as I don't think he's very athletic at all, moves kind of stiff, not very smooth. And he's already been in the program for almost 2 full years. He was available and JD had one to give. Part of the time period the recruiting went down hill, or at least the results of the recruiting went down hill.

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    1. Randall will/should be here next season. I don't want to say he saved Pitt's butt, but he came here when Pitt desperately needed a backup center. No way should the coaches push him out the door. Dixon knew what he was getting in Randall. The open scholarship will come from Uchebo (sp?).

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    2. Why would we get rid of Randall? He can give us 10 minutes a game in the post and he'll be a senior who's coming off the books after next season. Uchebo is the one who's going to leave, clearly his knee injury isn't healing and should get a hardship scholarship as Chris said.

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  12. A center that can score and a three point shooting machine would be nice

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  13. Centers that score go to the NBA

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  14. The hardship scholarship for Uchebo seems like a win-win for everyone. They need an active, defensively capable center. I like the move. Pitt will never have an offensively inclined center. That's not JD's style. This is a positive.

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    1. Dixon would love to have an offensive center but there's only a few a year. It's nearly impossible. He is trying to land Caleb Swanigan though and he's an offensive player.

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  15. Blair was a center and was very good offensively and Gray developed to be the best offensive player Pitt had 2 years in a row. Taft was also pretty good offensively and Dixon wouldn't take him out of the game. Dixon would love a strong offensive center.

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  16. Dixon has proven he loves a strong offensive center. Blair, Gray and Taft never left the floor when they were in and all were strong offensively. I think Dixon loves the ability to throw it inside and get after it. If Zanna had that skill-set Pitt would have won 4 more games but he just can't finish consistently....but we keep trying to get him the ball on the block and in transition.

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  17. Hey, Doke. A basketball recruit is rumored to be visiting Pitt this weekend. Any idea who it is? Thanks.

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    1. Is this a sign that another center or power forward is leaving the team? Or maybe Doorson isn't coming after all?

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    2. Chris, is Jamison more of an offensive threat?

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    3. Yes, but he's not a big offensive guy either. But there are fourth graders with a better offensive game than Haughton so it's an improvement.

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    4. Well that is really encouraging

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  18. Did Doorson get through NCAA clearinghouse? Just because he signed LOI doesn't mean he is clear. International students typically harder to clear.

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  19. Tossing ThabeetsMarch 6, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Am I missing something on Uchebo? He missed a year because of his knee. His rehab took him into the season so he missed the summer and fall practices but still has gotten limited minutes. Wouldn't he look much better with a full offseason of practice and being healthy? I wouldn't write him off yet unless I'm missing something.

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    1. I think Uchebo is being written off because he had microfracture surgery, and that usually means the end in most cases. Now, Greg Oden had the same surgery and he's back in the NBA after missing four years. Stoudamire hasn't played for the Knicks in a while due to the same procedure. Probably best to let him finish his school and the scholarship goes to Eubanks.

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    2. I "think" that Oden had two microfracture surgeries - either one on each knee or two on the same one.

      If that is the case, it explains why he's been out so long.

      It's also my understanding that Joe had this surgery more than 2 years ago and the fact that he at least had some minutes this year seems to show that all his recovery needs is strengthening of that knee plus, maybe more importantly, to regain his confidence in it.

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    3. greg oden is back in the nba but hes playing a few minutes a game, actually not even every game just because the heat needed a big body. a far cry from where hed be if he hadn't had these injuries

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  20. Jones played this year with a bad hand. He is a great athlete and I would be shocked if he was not a part of this team next year.

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  21. Doke - Can you let me know the kid's time in the 40 so that I will know if he is any good or not?

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  22. recently saw Revis give a shout out on eubanks twitter. I suspect that Eubanks is a really strong lean at this point anyway, but just imagine if Revis and Fitz and McCoy were doing things like that for the football program.

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  23. so Greg Croft predicts the Panthers will land Fehoko. Is there something I am missing?

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  24. Articles like this don't change any fans' perceptions. The program under Dixon peaked at an almost-Final Four. The only way to influence fans is to win. Those wins over te lightweights Dixon loves only impress the die hard fans. The control freak label isn't helping.

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  25. Anon 11:53, Breckterfield is a close relative of Fehoko on his Mothers side. Fehoko states he is close with Inoke on Panther247 article.

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  26. Great Game!!! Never say Die Panthers!!! Did not quit! Great road win! Best part of the ACC Tourney And NCAA tourney will be on the road. Advantage Pitt!

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    1. Great quote by Patterson.
      "The basketball Gods owed us one!!" So true.
      Pitt was very lucky. I actually didn't watch the last 25 sec or so. Down by 5, I said no way. Then I saw they went to OT.. WHAT!!! How did that happen. Never to Pitt. Dixon must have called a timeout. lol

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  27. Chris....

    In a nutshell, what are the rules for twitter contact by staffs and players/alumni with potential recruits? I thought I read somewhere where "tweets" were a loophole to phone contact. Can you clarify? Thanks.

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