Sure Pitt had a bunch of high school juniors visiting spring football practice this past weekend, but the information on them is stuck behind paywalls. On the other hand, Pitt will have a couple potential late editions to the basketball recruiting class visiting.
JUCO guard Trency Jackson is visiting Pitt this weekend. Kaza Keane plans on visiting Oakland in two weeks
Both are guards, and it is somewhat curious that Pitt would be looking to get yet more guard help.Wwhile there is technically no available scholarship at the moment, it is presumed that Isiah Epps will not be part of the team going forward. Still the two possibilities are quite opposite in terms of immediate impact.
Trency Jackson is a name we’ve heard for a while. He would be some immediate help for the team. As a JUCO, scouting reports are a little iffy. Here’s a pretty good breakdown on Jackson from a Purdue perspective (apologies for the fact that this site has an auto-play video on it. Very annoying).
Keane, however is a puzzler. He’s a point guard. He was originally going to be a 2013 recruit, but he reclassified to 2012. (He’s also Canadian and his first name starts with K. Coincidences, and not all any meaning to add to that.)
Prior to reclassifying, he was starting to draw attention and interest (Insider subs)
I have been receiving some very good reports about Kaza Keane, who could be the top Canadian point guard in the 2013 class.
The Toronto native who attends the Christian Faith Center Academy in Creedmoor, N.C., is 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He has excellent court vision, 3-point range and plays with good energy and urgency on both ends of the floor. Keane is also a good defender who puts good pressure on the ballhandler and is alert in passing lanes. He has good but not elite speed and quickness, but seems to have a great feel for the game.
“What I do best is make plays; I do whatever my team needs. I have good court vision and can score, when needed. I need to add strength and be more vocal,” Keane said.
As far as recruitng goes, Keane says he has a combination of offers and strong interest from many high-level programs like Fresno State, Rhode Island, George Mason, Arizona, Marquette, Georgetown, Florida State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
“I am looking for a school that is a good fit. I want a good relationship with the coach that can help me improve at my position. I have an interest in studying law in hopes of being a sports agent someday. I have about a 3.2 GPA and will take the SAT in March,” he said.
“There was a lot of thinking that went into me going to college this up coming year, but the main ones were how I already have the right grades and right academic habits to go forth and go to college,” Kajami-Keane told NBE over the weekend, “so there wasn’t really a need academically to stay in high school. Also another reason was because a lot of schools that were recruiting me were really interested in getting in a [Class of] 2012 point guard, so I felt that I would jump at the situation when it arose.”
Here’s where his plan may have backfired a bit. He still hasn’t gotten that many offers. There was interest, and there is still a chance for offers to follow in the next few weeks. But he reclassified in Februrary, and outside of Pitt he does not appear to have any actual offers.
I would have assumed they would have pulled his offer after guard Chris Jones committed. Like Jones, Keane would definitely be a candidate for redshirting. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to have two guards recruited that would be redshirt candidates. Not to mention James Robinson in the recruiting class. Especially after taking two guards in Johnson and Johnson last year. Though, Durand Johnson is now listed as a forward only on the roster, so he seems to have been moved to small forward full-time.
As it stands, here are the guards that are set to be on the roster for 2012: Robinson, Jones, J. Johnson, Wright and Woodall.
The one plus for Keane is that he is a point guard. The thinking might be that Pitt needs to make sure there is at least a back-up point guard ready behind Robinson for 2013. Heck, given the injury to Woodall this season, maybe even 2012.