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August 21, 2011

I mean, assuming no transfers or squeezing out anyone. Right now, Pitt has only two scholarships available for the 2012 recruiting class. Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson are the only seniors on the team. One spot is going to New Zealander — and now the #8 recruit in the 2012 class according to Scout.com — Steven Adams. That alone has seemed like a big get, even though Pitt was the only one aware of him for what seemed a year before blowing up.

Well, the other open scholarship is going to a point guard. Truly. A legit point guard. James Robinson. This consensus 4-star player from DeMatha High. Is also a top-100 recruit for the 2012 class in every list: #94 on Scout.com; #56 on Rivals.com; and #49 on ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc. A true rarity, all three sites list his height at 6-3, and put his weight at 195-200 pounds.

The strengths of Robinson are that he is a clear leader, with good vision and knows how to run a team the team. He has patience and a good jumper. He is also considered very coachable. His primary weakness is that he is not the fastest, most athletic player.

Here are some comments from his coach:

“He feels it’s the best situation for him,” DeMatha Coach Mike Jones said. “The style of play fits him perfectly. It’s close enough to home, but far enough away. The academic situation is tremendous. He can win there. His family, they have a list, that Pittsburgh pretty much fits.”

The link also includes some video highlights of Robinson. The future Pitt PG also explins that Coach Dixon closed the deal.

“It was a tough decision,” Robinson said. “They were interested in me since ninth grade. Pat Skerry was pretty much the only one recruiting me from Pitt and when he went to Towson [this spring] Coach [Jamie] Dixon took over and that was big for me, for the head coach to be showing that interest.”

The decision to choose Pitt over G-town, ND, Virginia (and WVU got in too late to be in his top-4) seems to have gotten a Twitter-positive response from recruiting folks.

Paul Biancardi (ESPN.com):

Winning attracts Winning ! @DeMathaHoops @Ja_RobinsonIII commits to Pitt. “Coach Dixon’s record speaks for itself it attracted me”

Dave Telep  with two (ESPN.com):

Jamie Dixon can hand the ball to James Robinson and know that he’s in good hands with a consummate leader, winner & teammate.

I’d be jacked up if everyone was excited to write about my character and ability to lead and win the way James Robinson/Pitt is portrayed

Eric Bossi (Rivals.com):

Talk about a perfect fit. Robinson is all about toughness and making the most of what he’s got. Jamie Dixon and Pitt fans will love him.

Jeff Borzello (CBSSports.com):

As first reported by @EvanDanielscout, James Robinson has committed to Pitt. Perfect fit — player and program both prioritize winning.

Brian Snow (Scout.com):

Sometimes it is a perfect fit between school and player, looks like James Robinson found it with Pitt.

It’s okay to get excited about this one. Apparently this is a great match of player and program.





When you think of the #1 trait you want in a Jamie Dixon player, you think “coachable.” Number two is “winner.” Number three is “McDonalds.” But as Meatloaf said, two out of three ain’t bad. A great get for JD and the Panther program.

Comment by merlin 08.21.11 @ 5:08 pm

Very good news just what we need.

Comment by FRANKCAN 08.21.11 @ 5:16 pm

Omar Calhoun was a SG and every time i read abought him i did not have good vibes. and we needed a pure PG any way so we did very well. i can see us our team in final 4 soon.

Comment by FRANKCAN 08.21.11 @ 6:33 pm

The future is looking bright…

Comment by Bowling Green Panther 08.21.11 @ 6:36 pm

[...] this is a good get for Dixon and the Panthers. For more info on Robinson check out Pitt Script and Pitt Blather–both have excellent articles up. This entry was posted in By Joel Peretic, Link, NCAA [...]


[...] Pitt Completes 2012 B-Ball Recruiting Class: “I mean, assuming no transfers or squeezing out anyone. Right now, Pitt has only two scholarships available for the 2012 recruiting class. Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson are the only seniors on the team. One spot is going to New Zealander — and now the #8 recruit in the 2012 class according to Scout.com — Steven Adams. That alone has seemed like a big get, even though Pitt was the only one aware of him for what seemed a year before blowing up. Well, the other open scholarship is going to a point guard. Truly. A legit point guard. James Robinson. This consensus 4-star player from DeMatha High. Is also a top-100 recruit for the 2012 class in every list: #94 on Scout.com; #56 on Rivals.com; and #49 on ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc. A true rarity, all three sites list his height at 6-3, and put his weight at 195-200 pounds.” (Pitt Blather) [...]


Best class in Pitt history? Time will tell

Comment by Tony C 08.22.11 @ 1:08 pm

Not this year but next year we will be in final 4.

Comment by FRANKCAN 08.22.11 @ 5:34 pm

Chas all the posts were very good enjoyed them all i dont know were everyone is at but thank you for all the info.

Comment by FRANKCAN 08.22.11 @ 8:01 pm

It will be hard to classify a two player recruiting class as the best ever. But you are right that only time will tell.

I actually think this year’s incoming class has a chance. All four look to be really good. Two of them have real NBA potential. If this is the fifth best class in the big east, the other four have to be INCREDIBLE.

The Pitt pipeline is FULL of talent. Will be fun to watch.

Comment by boubacar aw 08.22.11 @ 8:41 pm

in 2012 if Pitt didn’t make it to the nc game I’d be disappointed. looking at their lineup you’ll be hard pressed to find a better team

Comment by pat 08.28.11 @ 9:38 am

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