Big Day For Pitt Hoops
Here's a news flash, Jamie Dixon is running a tight ship. The machine that is Pitt basketball keeps on rolling.
This morning, Cameron Wright, a 6'5" wing player from Cleveland became Jamie Dixon's second commitment for the class of 2010. Wright is considered a three star prospect by rivals and scout. He chose Pitt over notable offers from Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Indiana.
In 2007 Wright was committed to The Ohio State University but the assistant primarily responsible for recruiting Wright left for Ohio U. Wright reopened his recruitment shortly after.
His commitment was met with the usual stiff quotes.
“The people, the coaching staff, they all seemed very real, and that’s what I enjoyed the most. I’m looking for a good relationship and a staff that’s going to be honest, and that’s the vibe I got.”
At least he didn't lie about factoring in academics.
Wright is the first Pitt commit from Ohio since Antonio Graves pledged to the Panthers in 2003. For what it's worth, I would argue that Graves was the most underrated Panther of the decade. If Wright turns out like his in-state predecessor then Pitt fans have reason to celebrate.
Wright joins point guard Isiah Epps in the class of 2010. Although it does not appear that Pitt has another open scholarship, rumor has it that Pitt will look to add a big man.
A few hours after the Wright verbal, Centenary point guard Chase Adams confirmed that he will suit up for Pitt next season.
Adams averaged around 15 points and five assists for the Gents last season. More importantly he was the Summit League defensive player of the year. He will be immediately eligible because Centenary is on probation.
Adams will be a senior this upcoming basketball season. He will take Pitt's open scholarship this season. His transfer has no impact on Pitt's 2010 recruiting class.
The way I see it, there is no downside to this transfer. Adams looks to split time with Trey Woodall at the point while pushing Ashton Gibbs to the off guard. Adams will bring some much needed experience to the one spot, allowing Woodall to make a much smoother transition into the rotation.
This move will pay immediate dividends for Pitt as Adams will help add to Pitt's depth at guard while bringing extra defensive intensity to a squad that had a few defensive lapses last year. If he is as good as advertised on the defensive end he and Dixon can give some opposing backcourts fits.
It also slows the learning curve for Woodall and will help him ease into the position. Woodall's easier transition will help Epps ease into the position. Adams could end up serving as a fantastic bridge from Knight, Krauser and Fields to Woodall and Epps.
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