It’s the July recruiting period. That means Coach Dixon and assistants Brandin Knight and Bill Barton are out watching kids at tournaments all over the place. Twitter updates when sited by the various media folks also watching. Right now, so many players that Pitt is potentially pursuing for 2012 (2 scholarships), 2013 (2 scholarships) and 2014 (3 scholarships).
It’s nice seeing Pitt listed in the mix with players that have big name interest, but at this point in the recruiting cycle it is hard to be sure how realistic some are — especially for 2014 recruits. There are actually some good recruits from Pittsburgh on the radar. Granted, James Young, is going to HS in NJ, but he is a kid from the Pittsburgh area.
Still, some of it are from the kids themselves just rattling off names of schools they heard from. Not even always with confirmed offers. The compliment is seeing Pitt listed among the top teams at least looking at the kids.
Gilbert Brown has made a deal to head to Germany, assuming the likelihood of the NBA lockout taking out part of the season. Good agent to get him an option to come back to the states. Brown also made his debut in the Greentree summer league.
I highly recommend subscribing to the Panther Sports Network YouTube channel. Here are some of the highlights from this past Wednesday.
The PSN channel has highlights from other pro-am nights.
Jumping back to the NBA. If/when the lockout ends, Aaron Gray will have be a free agent following his decision to opt out of the final year of his contract held by New Orleans. While Gray has hardly been a star and at times subject to some media mocking for being a bench player, one good playoff series actually put him in a good spot as one of the more sought after free agents as a center:
11. Aaron Gray: His stock got a major boost from the work he put in against the Lakers, giving the Hornets an opportunity to compete. His size is a major asset, so count on him hanging around with playoff contenders for years to come.
Still can’t teach 7-feet.