April 24, 2013

Severe Stays Home

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chas @ 2:44 pm

In the end it wasn’t Pitt. It wasn’t Wake Forest. It wasn’t West Virginia or Rutgers. Fordham and their coach Tom Pecora landed the NYC shooting guard.

Severe cited playing time but especially the chance to stay local.

Just have to wonder why he couldn’t have figured it out a bit sooner.

well tomorrow is the NFL draft must run out and get snacks enough to last 3 days so after 6 pm
i will be up to my neck in football.
told the wife she wont see much of me for 3 days
just keep the drinks and snacks comeing.

but i will pop in every now and then to see how
dixon is doeing with recruiting hold down the fort men dont give up the ship praise the lord
and pass the chips and cheese .

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.24.13 @ 9:52 pm

So on the football side recruiting doesn’t matter because we have such a proven head coach with his great 6-7 record but for Dixon a guy who always wins with lesser recruits everyone is getting fired up? I just spent a whole month of you guys wining about how Pitt didnt get these lower recruits at schools like Wichita St. Dixon has never had top classes and all they do is finish in the top of the best conference in basketball. Emel what kind of long relationship id Dixon have with Newkirk? And Pittisit same old nonsense. Birch had such limited minutes that he was starting when he decided to transfer. Adams minutes were not limited by other players with less talent. Just because you keep on saying doesnt make it true. Seriously Pitt fans can be so myopic.

Blair should have played as a 4 at Pitt? WTF. It’s not like he was an All-American or anything. And if he could play the 4 he’d be doing it in the NBA now. You don’t get locked into your college position. There is this guy Russell Westbrook he didn’t even play PG in college but now he’s one of the best NBA PGs.

Comment by Wardapalooza 04.24.13 @ 10:14 pm

Amen, warda! Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Comment by panther94 04.24.13 @ 10:36 pm


Comment by Wayne 04.25.13 @ 4:44 am

Must have been the Jesuit pope.

Comment by alcofan 04.25.13 @ 7:32 am

Wardapalooza Great post!

Comment by notrocketscience 04.25.13 @ 7:48 am


Comment by FRANKCAN 04.25.13 @ 7:58 am

Nice slice of reality Ward…

Comment by Kenny 04.25.13 @ 8:29 am

Oh the wonders of tag team posting…

Comment by Kenny 04.25.13 @ 8:31 am

obviously none of you watched much tape of Severe.

It was pretty obvious he wasn’t a Big East/ACC level guard.

The idea that Dixon thought he was is frightening.

By the way, Pittisit, you are wrong about Taylor, Birch and Adams. Forget the 5-star crap; sometimes that’s all hype and the kids simply aren’t that good. It didn’t matter what position Taylor played, Birch isn’t doing much at UNLV (I watched plenty of games and the defensive award was questionable) and Adams is still ALL potential and very little production and it’s impossible for him to have lost ground offensively while at Pitt because HE HADN’T PLAYED ANYWHERE BEFORE. Lost ground from what? A prep all-star game where he faced other over-rated kids? C’mon…..

I’m not defending this staff’s recruiting. Definitely some mistakes, but they’ve mostly been with guards (Severe is another example). Anybody could have made the Taylor mistake, Birch doesn’t show me much and who knows if Adams will ever turn into anything. (Recruiting him was actually the biggest mistake because Dixon should have foreseen that a kid from a family with financial issues was a one-and-done proposition…..)

Comment by hugh green 04.25.13 @ 8:46 am

Agree with Hugh Grenn re: Adams a mistake if we don’t land another big man soon he has set program back for years by:

1. Leaving early

2. Causing Gilbert to leave

3. Couldn’t recruit another big man since everyone
thought Adams would be around a number of years.

Also agree on Birch he isn’t very good watched at lot of UNLV on NBC Sports Channel.

Adams has really stuck it to Pitt and probably himself in the long run…hope he enjoys the bus rides in the NBADL.

Comment by steve 04.25.13 @ 9:04 am

Can understand why you like Dixon. He is a really likeable guy who has had some good years at Pitt. But alot of what is in your post above is exactly why some Pitt fans are criticizing him right now. You point out, rightly so, that he has done alot with “lesser recruits”. That is just begging the question why does it always seem he is working with lesser recruits, especially in recent years. Pitt, the last two years not withstanding, is a top 20 level program that plays in a great venue and in what has been the best conference over the past decade. Why do we still need to get by with lesser recruits?

Comment by Floyd 04.25.13 @ 9:11 am

Adams was a 5 star based on long term potential .. I would have loved to see him stay for 2 more years. Taylor was overrated, and Birch has offensive limitations but really good rebounder/ shot blocker.

It seems that all the current problems began with JD recruiting these 5 stars, instead of seeking guys who fit in well with his system.

When you recruit blue chips, either thay normally are 1-and-done or they are failures that have given false expectations.

Bond was dropped due to Birch; Gilbert probably left because he foresaw limited PT (if he wanted to play with his brother, he should have gone there in the 1st place.) JJ Richardson may have left because of Taylor, etc.

JD needs one or two salesmen on his staff if he wants to play with the big boys who can close the deal on an annual basis; if not, he should stay within his comfort level.

Comment by wbb 04.25.13 @ 10:08 am

Pitt ACC Home……Pitt ACC Away

NC ST…………..NC St.

Duke……………Boston College
Fla. St…………Georgia Tech
Virginia Tech……North Carolina
Wake Forest……..Notre Dame

Comment by Dan 04.25.13 @ 10:11 am

Sorry that’s so messy.

Had it lined up nice and neat, submitted, comes out a mess. Computer.

You get the idea though.

Comment by Dan 04.25.13 @ 10:13 am

The problem is not recruiting blue chips. Pitt will never make its living doing that. The problem is recruiting good players. Pitt has had very few four star recruits in the last five years (I think James Robinson has been the only four star player). The five star players will not come to Pitt on a regular basis but we should and need to get more quality players. Nothing against the three star players that Pitt has stocked its teams with over the last several years, but you need to mix in some really good players if you want to compete with the better programs.

Comment by Floyd 04.25.13 @ 10:16 am

To wbb’s point, the most interesting thing will be to watch what happens if Dixon ever gets a big-time guard. (No, I don’t consider Robinson a big-time guard. He’s a nice player who will be solid for 4 yrs and then no one will ever pay him to play basketball again)

I’m talking about a guard with some pro potential and a guy with some freelancing ability — someone who doesn’t “fit the system”. Maybe Newkirk will be the test case, because it looks like he can go. Will Dixon put the reins on him? Will he let him play?

Comment by hugh green 04.25.13 @ 10:44 am

I can’t wait for the combo-guard play of Robinson and Newkirk. None of you seem to realize just how effective that’s going to be.

Comment by MikePitt 04.25.13 @ 10:47 am

Dixon really couldn’t win either way with Severe.

If he gets Severe to sign, then it’s… “He’s just another three-star player with no really good offers. Where’s the five stars?!?!?!”

If he doesn’t get Severe to sign, then it’s… “Dixon can’t finish the deal with a kid who had offers from Fordham and Wake Forest.”

Comment by Mailman 04.25.13 @ 11:14 am

Floyd, about recruiting. Here is the thing with Dixon’s recruiting, people like Dokish have specifically stated that Dixon doesn’t like to get involved with top recruits because of everything that surrounds the top recruits. So Dixon doesn’t even try to get involved with a lot of them. That’s his philosphy. Kentucky doesn’t get classes filled with top guys just because they have good recruiters. There is a whole other game that Dixon from all accounts doesn’t play.

Comment by Wardapalooza 04.25.13 @ 12:02 pm

Ward, I understand and agree about not pursuing the one and done players. Alot of these guys are prima donnas and don’t want to play in Dixon’s style of baskeball anyway. But Pitt should be able to recruit better talent than it has over the last several years.

Comment by Floyd 04.25.13 @ 12:16 pm

Reinforces the belief that kids really don’t excited about the opportunity to play for Dixon.

We know his style of play is a turnoff. Could his personality also be a turnoff to some?

Does not bode well for the future of the program.

But, hey, this is nothing new. Just something that we’re seeing getting reinforced more and more with the passage of time.

Jamie gives credence to the adage “It is what it is.”

Comment by PittofDreams 04.25.13 @ 12:54 pm

My earlier point about Blair should have played the 4 is from the perspective that Blair should have chosen a school that would best prepare him for the NBA….a school that needed a power forward. I don’t mean that Dixon should have played him at the 4.

Dixon does what’s best for Pitt….he doesn’t really care about the NBA. But what colleges and universities are for is to prepare young men for their professional lives, but coaches are under such pressure to win that even high school coaches don’t care what happens to kids after they graduate. They say they do and pretend that they do, but deep down, their own careers mean more.

Comment by Jackagain 04.25.13 @ 3:47 pm

“Ward, I understand and agree about not pursuing the one and done players. Alot of these guys are prima donnas and don’t want to play in Dixon’s style of baskeball anyway. But Pitt should be able to recruit better talent than it has over the last several years.”

Precisely. I’m pretty sure Wichita State isn’t out there pursuing one-and-dones either, but they had a pretty good run last year with some pretty talented guys. IMO Dixon and staff are either getting outworked, outsmarted, or both. I think he can get better – does he want to?

Comment by thestumper 04.25.13 @ 4:05 pm

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