Pitt Basketball: Jamie Dixon Completes Top 10 Class with Adams and Robinson

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent INovember 13, 2011

So much for the old theory that Pitt and Jamie Dixon continue to win despite high-end talent not wanting to play in Pittsburgh.

With the recent signings of center Steven Adams and guard James Robinson, both of whom are expected to enroll at Pitt next summer, Dixon has his best recruiting class as the head man of the Panthers and possibly the best class in school history.

According to the recruiting rankings, the class is considered one of the Top 10 classes in the country. CBSSports.com ranks the class No. 5 overall and ESPNU and Rivals.com ranks it No. 8.

A year after current forward Khem Birch became the highest ranked Pitt recruit in history, Adams easily takes that honor. A 7'0'', 240-pound native of New Zealand, Adams is a consensus Top 10 recruit and plays for the New Zealand national team.

Adams verbally committed to Pitt when he was 16-years-old and the fact that Dixon once played professionally in New Zealand may have helped out with the recruitment as Ray Fittipaldo explains in his latest column for the Post-Gazette.

Adams, ranked as the No. 4 college prospect by Rivals.com, has the whole package off athleticism and a great skill set. He's a scorer and a rebounder and could only be at Pitt for one season before declaring for the NBA draft as NBAdraft.net has him projected as the No. 2 pick already in the 2013 Draft.

Robinson, a 6'3'', 190-pound point guard, is ranked No. 49 by ESPNU, No. 56 by Rivals.com and No. 94 by Scout.com. He's a three-year starter at DeMatha Catholic in Maryland and has led his team to 90 victories and three city league championships.