Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jamie Dixon lands PG for this year

It's never too late to add some help and Jamie Dixon did just that by adding 6'2" combo guard Jonathan Milligan today.  Milligan, of Kilgore (TX) JC, will have two years of eligibility left. A native of Orlando, FL, Milligan averaged 14.3 ppg and 3.7 apg last year. He also proved to be a very good shooter, going 48.3% from the field, as well as 40.2% from three, and 79.1% from the free throw line. He also has excellent quickness.

Milligan originally signed with Florida Gulf Coast but recently was considered ineligible by the NCAA. Somehow things changed in the last week, and he's now a Panther. He joins a suddenly deep backcourt of James Robinson, Sterling Smith, and Damon Wilson.

Coming out of high school, Milligan was considered a top 100 prospect by MaxPreps, and ESPN ranked him the No. 25 point guard in the country. Tennessee and Creighton were his most recent offers, and NC State and Marquette were also interested.

29 comments:

  1. I feel like I don't know anyone on Pitt's roster anymore. How many Juco transfers did JD bring in this year? I won't complain since Wichita State has had success going this route in recent past.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Did Ontario Lett have something to do with landing this kid?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Cue the Jamie desperation move comments in 3...2...1

    Sometimes good fortune and opportunity meet.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ya gotta admit, it's been a revolving door at Pitt the last 4-5 years.
      This year, 5 transfers out of 6 are part of the incoming class.
      It doesn't look good.
      Dixon has never been in this position before. He builds his program based on kids staying 4 years.

      Delete
  4. I'm not sure you ever "land" anyone that was gonna play at Creighton....Oh how the mighty have fallen.....

    ReplyDelete
  5. The mighty has not fallen - Dixon's team this year will make the NCAA's and be a big surprise.

    Just wait and see.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I could care less how or where the players come from. Can they play basketball and help the Panthers win and get into the NCAAs? That's all that matters to me. I have no business worrying about their grades and life after being a Pitt student.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should watch pro basketball then! I take great pride in being a Pitt fan and alumn (2009) and seeing guys prosper on the court/field and being successful afterwards - be it in sports or not!

      Delete
    2. Why would I want to start watching the NBA? I wish nothing but the best for the guys, but I can't worry about what they do with their lives after Pitt. Just show me the Ws. No apologies from me either for thinking this way.

      Delete
  7. have to wait and see. looks good on paper.
    I never want to hear that Pitt has higher academic standards as an excuse why they can't recruit. same kid couldn't get into FGCSU got into Pitt no problem.
    put that one to bed!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's not that simple. His classes just translated to Pitt, and they didn't translate to Florida Gulf Coast. His grades weren't the question.

      Delete
    2. LMAO...
      You can believe whatever you want to believe.
      NCAA clearinghouse determines what classes clear.
      Simply put, He was clear by NCAA clearinghouse but didn't meet FGCU standards whatever that means.

      Delete
    3. Maybe you shouldn't comment if you don't know the facts. This is how stupid rumors get started on message boards.

      Delete
    4. Agree with Chris. This is what I posted over on Cardiac Hill about the subject: It is actually very common that small schools take less transfer credits than larger schools as it’s based on if the school has similar classes to the transferring classes. They look at each class individually and try to find a similar one. If none is found, the credits from that class are rejected. FGCU doesn’t look like a small school, but they may not have the variety of classes that Pitt offers.

      Delete
    5. Please enlighten us, then. I admit I don't know the facts, and I don't know how eligibility works. But reading your post as it is, it states he "recently was considered ineligible by the NCAA" but "somehow things changed in the last week, and he's now a Panther".

      It sounds to me like he wasn't eligible by the NCAA a couple weeks ago, but somehow he did something to meet NCAA standards. Doesn't really seem like a "classes translated" thing (which I've never heard of before).

      Delete
    6. He had a 2.5 GPA so he was qualified. FGCU did not accept all of his classes from Kilgore, but Pitt did. It's my understanding that the other schools that were interested in him told him that he would also have his classes accepted. The staff at FGCU are not happy with their admissions office.

      Delete
    7. So, lets get off our high horse to think Pitt has higher academic standards and that is why Pitt can't recruit/land some top FB/BB players.
      NCAA clearinghouse determines what is acceptable and minimum standards for D1. After that, it is up to the individual university.

      Academically, Milligan is about as low as it gets.
      He didn't qualify out of HS which is why he had to go JC to begin with.

      Perhaps some schools stayed away from him because it would "cost" too much in individual tutoring, etc to keep him academically eligible in the future.

      Delete
    8. Pitt definitely has a higher standard. Not like Stanford or Notre Dame, but definitely higher than the average major programs. That's a fact. And it has nothing to do with being on a high horse. Most Pitt fans don't even want the higher standard.

      Delete
    9. If Pitt had a "higher" standard, then Milligan clearly does NOT meet it.
      and I'm ok with that.
      Just sayin, we need to get off that high horse thinking of some high standard is why Pitt can't land 'em. It's not.

      I think most colleges stayed away from Milligan because they don't think he will stay academically eligible.

      Delete
    10. Coming out of HS and coming out of another college are two very different things. For even the general public if you are coming from another college then you have a much better chance to get into another college than if you are coming from HS.

      Delete
    11. I can vouch for that too. I would not have been accepted out of HS. After two years on the deans list at W&J, I was accepted directly to the business school.

      Delete
  8. Looks like more attrition on the O-line as Biz appears to be out versus YSU. No details yet, but Bookser said he was starting at tackle, so with O'Neil at right that means Alex will be on the left side. We'll see if Pitt is as deep as fans have been pounding their chests over on the O-line real soon.

    ReplyDelete
  9. All this line movement; no real mention of Grimm. any thoughts about him?

    ReplyDelete

  10. Grimm... Unless he's MAGICALLY transformed himself since Spring... his PERCENT BODY FAT is still OFF THE CHARTS.

    At this point, a "Bust" much more than a "Starter."

    PittofDreams

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Redshirt Freshman Dreams. Some guys develop sooner than others - give Grimm some time.

      Delete
    2. I'd be shocked if most offensive lineman everywhere didn't have a pretty terrible body fat percentage. I'd also wonder how in the world you would possibly have access to that percentage.

      Delete
  11. Chris, I read on Twitter that Cassius Winston will be visiting Pitt this weekend. What do we know about him as a player and what are Pitt's chances of landing him? Also, will there be any other big-time recruits on campus this weekend?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. He's a top 40 player and an elite PG. He'd start immediately, obviously. Michigan and Michigan State are the leaders but he's very close with Smoke Williamson and his parents are visiting with him so you never know.

      Delete
  12. few things: maybe, with JDix's current inability to recruit non-transfers, the new AD cut JDix a break by waving the Juco kid in (and as an act of good faith)...that same AD and the new Chancellor have to be paying attention to the fact that last five recruits to enter school have been transfers...and if you are a Panther Hoop fan you should probably be well-versed in NCAA transfer and admission rules until Archie Miller rides to the rescue in two years

    Largie Condios

    ReplyDelete