Monday, March 16, 2015

Panthers land big power forward

Jamie Dixon gets his second committed player for 2016 today as 6'9" 245 pound PF Corey Manigault committed to the Panthers over offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Miami, Temple, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Xavier. Manigault, from Paul VI HS in Fairfax, VA, was recruited by new Pitt assistant Smoke Williamson.  He is ranked as high as No. 79 nationally, by 247 Sports. He joins top 20 prospect Mustapha Heron in the 2016 class.

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  1. 6'9", 245 PF... sounds like a Center to me. oh I kid, I kid...

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  2. add an explosive PG w/ ability to create own shot and hit the 3 and could be completely different team next year

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    1. Not next year; two years from now.

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  3. Nice pick-up ... he should get some great tutelage from Young and Artis. I thought Smoke's territory was the Detroit area ? Looking out, the 2016 class is shaping up; however, that year will have lots of graduating seniors (Young, Artis, Newkirk, Jeter and Jones). With only Nix and Wilson coming in next year, we better pull in a couple more guys or the team will be very young again with only Cam Johnson and Luther as juniors ... what do you think ?

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    1. They will stil be adding guys for '15 and '16.

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    2. can we add more than Nix and Wilson in 2015 ? does it depend on Uchebo and/or Haughton moving on early ?

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  4. Any relation to "The Goat".

    Anyway, we need a Center, actually 2 centers. Not another PF to play out of position.

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    1. He's for 2016. Almost all of their PFs will be gone in '17 so they needed one to step in.

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    2. Yes, a nephew.

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  5. Maybe he is related to "Omarosa" from Donald Trump show "Your Fired".

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  6. Wow not much to say after that effort.

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  7. Hi Chris, two questions:

    1. With no AD in place, is Jamie Dixon on the warm and getting warmer seat? Don't think he should be, not even close. But then, I'm not the new sheriff in town.

    2. After that egg-laying no-effort embarrassing loss last night in NIT Round 1, do you think there'll be any fresh roster slots suddenly open from guys invited to embark on their life's work? I don't want to name names, but a guy whose name rhymes with Bosh Slewkirk is currently a total waste of a roster spot & scholarship, and he's not alone.

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    1. His seat isn't even room temperature. It's ice cold. As for Slewkirk or others there's always a chance that somebody is unhappy.

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  8. Wow. Syracuse announcing Boeheim will retire in 3 years.
    What an embarrassment.
    Betcha it happens sooner if alum stop sending money to the program.

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    1. Haha, I laugh at Pitt fans who think Boheim should be fired at Syracuse but think Jamie should take no criticism at all. Wow.

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    2. I've never heard a person say that Dixon deserves no criticism.

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    3. Mr. Pierre,
      I criticize Dixon. I give him 2 years to turn the ship around or the boot.

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  9. Lsu and nc state show you what very good talent can do with bad coaching!

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  10. I expect Pitt to add the JuCo guard from Florida, Benji Bell. That would mean seven juniors on the roster next season, which can be good and bad. Good short term, but down the road having a seven-man class could be tricky. Of course, Dixon would never have to use all seven and likely wouldn't, or he could sign five high school kids with one being a redshirt and two JuCos.

    I hope Smoke can deliver Cassius Winston and Justin Jackson in 2016. That would be incredible if he did.

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    1. There's no chance at all of that happening.

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    2. What about Rowan? There was that Lair rumor a few weeks ago of him reclassifying and joining the Panthers. A future lineup of Wilson, Heron, Rowan, Luther and Manigault would be nice.

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    3. Info from a nameless message board poster means nothing to me. Those same people said Robert Foster was coming back.

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  11. Chris, you mentioned on twitter that Pitt is looking at some very impressive soph QBs in HS. Can you please reveal who they are? Thanks

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  12. I wonder at Manigault's actual size. Saw 6-8 225 vs 6-9 245. The bigger the better.

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    1. His high school lists him at 6'8" 245. He's definitely not 225. And for big men who won't be at Pitt for almost 2 years, I add an inch since it's doubtful that he won't grow at least an inch yet.

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  13. ESPN says he is only 6-7. I know that is probably his end of freshman year height and probably wrong. Whatever the actual truth is--I sure hope he is closer to 6-9 than 6-7 when he steps on campus at Pitt.

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    1. ESPN puts very little effort into their recruiting coverage. He's at least 6'8" and should be 6'9" by the time he comes to Pitt.

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