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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.





FORDHAM?????????? The kid is a Noo Yawka who neva visited Pittsburgh. Fuhgedaboudit!

Comment by isnore 04.24.13 @ 2:54 pm

jon severe and another one bites the dust.
what does EMel say dixon is not a closer and
we need slice or some outher good recruiter
we have been truned down bye 5 or 6 recruits
in what 9 or 10 days,
maybe dixon has BO .

And Duquesne has signed a 6 foot 11 250 pound
center darris lewis from img academy
dont know how good he is but at least they
have a center which is more then we can say.

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.24.13 @ 3:01 pm

FRANKCAN, why did Dorian Johnson not pick Bama or OSU, who really wanted him, instead of Pitt?

He wanted to stay home

(note that Fordham was 7-24 last year including a 30 pt loss to Pitt)

Comment by wbb 04.24.13 @ 3:08 pm

A Top 60 SG is still available

6-4 210 lb. Allerik Freeman

Kid just decommitted from UCLA and he’s from ACC Country in Charlotte.

This kid lives very close to me, I should go recruit him for us. lol

Of course Sean Miller is already on him !

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 3:11 pm

Duke, NC State, Florida, Arizona, UVA, VPI, K-State, Kansas, Villanova, G-Town, Marquette, Xavier are all recruiting this kid.

Which begs the question.

Why aren’t we ???

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 3:16 pm

If Howland could recruit him, surely JD can.

Or can he ?

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 3:18 pm

If a kid picks Fordham over the ACC it’s on the kid. That being said, c’mon Jamie, tomorrow’s the day.

Comment by gc 04.24.13 @ 3:22 pm

Tough for Alford. UCLA loses top 100 guard Allerik Freeman as he reopens recruitment. link to t.co
31m

RT @HereWeGoDuke: Findlay Prep Guard, Former Duke Target Allerik Freeman Decommits From UCLA http://t.co

GO GET HIM JD !!!

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 3:25 pm

if JD gets Davis or Uchebo (and it’s a big IF) .. then he will have done alright, and it will be a very good class

Comment by wbb 04.24.13 @ 3:27 pm

Turned down by 5 or 6. Really? Of all the players I have seen mentioned as Pitt targets for the 2013 class (Dokish article mainly) only Severe and a JUCO small forward (whose name I can’t recall) have announced decisions for another school. It may be that Uchebo’s injured knee is keeping him from getting a commitatble offer from any school (not just Pitt). As far as I know none of the other prospects/targets mentioned have committed anywhere else yet. Also, I believe we are about to get a visit from PF Lennard Freeman. Maybe they land him and call it a day for 2013 (unless they also take Uchebo and sit him a year to rehab further). The only real need at this point is for one more big body.

As regards Severe, Pitt/Dixon clearly didn’t lose him–they never had a real shot. Severe simply wanted to remain local since he also rejected numerous other better programs to stay local.

Comment by pitt1972 04.24.13 @ 3:28 pm

@ wbb

Thank God, Mike Young grew up in McKeesport and is a lifelong Pitt fan.

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 3:30 pm

Pitt has 4 Open Offers out there currently.
We have 3 open spots currently.

Joseph Uchebo 6’11″ 260 (JUCO)
Jason Boswell 6′ 6″ 205 2 star
Leonard Freeman 6′ 8″ 225 3 star
Jordan Washington 6′ 8″ 255 2.5 star

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 3:48 pm

What a year coming into the ACC with Zanna at center. He was ineffectual at strong forward and much worse at the 5 in 2011-2012.
I still cannot shake the thought that Adams left early because his NBA stock went down playing at Pitt (playing only 23 minutes with guards that would not give him the ball (Woodall). Fields, Gibbs, Krauser, Gibbs, and Woodall all annointed by Dixon as the leaders and go to men as seniors the major reason Pitt never got past the elite eight. Finally they have a legitimate guard who should have been the leader last year but without Adams there is not much left.
If Adams were eligible after the Addidas summer camp and his prep. school humilation of Norlen Noels he would have been a lottery pick. Staying at Pitt in Dixon’s system for another year would not have helped his NBA status although it may have, with Robinson put Pitt in the elite 8 or higher.

Adams despite his inexperience is more suited for the pro game and already has a pro body. He will get better coaching immediate playing time off the bench and in 2 years be a solid NBA player.

Consider this observation from an NBA NBA draft express: Adams frequently fought for deep post position on the offensive end, but was mostly ignored by his guards or not rewarded with re-post opportunities when he kicked the ball out. He did a solid job fighting for put-back opportunities on his own, scoring most of his baskets in that manner. He didn’t show much from an offensive skills perspective overall, being limited to mostly hustle plays for his contributions.

He remains an excellent physical specimen with a high motor and still developing skill set.

Defensively, Adams looked a bit better, blocking an impressive three shots to go along with two steals, showing a similarly good motor on this end of the floor and also displaying an impressive sense of timing on his shot blocks. He did a great job using his full extension and mobility to block shots, doing a very good job in that regard.

He likes to put the ball on the floor and can beat opposing big men off the dribble with his quickness and aggressiveness, often finishing well above the rim in impressive fashion. He’ll also step out to the perimeter on occasion for jumpers, usually with mixed results, but shows good touch from the line which is an encouraging sign at his size. He also showed unusual passing ability, often making Kevin Love-esqe outlet passes to ignite the fast-break.

Defensively, Adams is both impressive to watch and a work in progress at the same time. On one hand he does a great job challenging shots around the rim with his size, length and terrific athleticism, showing nimble feet and good timing. He plays with a real chip on his shoulder, not backing down from anyone, and not being afraid to dish out a hard foul or offer up some choice words to an opponent.

From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz2R8cRljqO
http://www.draftexpress.com
These remarks I think are on the money and the worst aspect is that Adams one and done does nothing for Pitt being able to recruit other such players. It demonstrates again that Pitt is a program designed for second tier players who skill sets are limited but are willing to work hard.
With Dixon’s continued soft scheduled non-confernce schedule whatever conference Pitt should be able to win 20 to 25 games sneak into the tournament for a quick one or two and your out.
This is not negative it is fact. Pitt will not see any players of Adams caliber in the future but if they can get one or two Robinsons and Youngs each year they can stay competative.

Comment by pittisit 04.24.13 @ 3:52 pm

I believe JD ran up to NYC the other day to do a
in-home visit with Severe.

So that would lead one to believe he must have thought he had a shot. No ?

Perhaps the kid didn’t think he could ball in the ACC.

Losing one to Fordham is akin to losing one to Duquesne.

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 3:59 pm

Oh well we always have Cameron Wright to play SG.

Am i right ?

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 4:01 pm

pitt1972 players pitt wanted that went some were else josh hearliny tulane
shane rector to a sec school
jon severe fordum
cameron forte to a sec school
cosby from seton hall
and not gone but most likley
josh davis in talks with miller at az
and carter most likley to florida.
so that is 5 and could be 7 plus sai tummala
is looking at outher schools that could be 8

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.24.13 @ 4:08 pm

Going into the inaugral ACC season without a center (and I use the word “without” consciously because JD’s kidding himself if he thinks Zana is a center) will not bode well for the good guys wearing Pitt unis. C’mon man do you mean to tell me that no big man wants to come to a program that almost always makes it to the big dance?
As for shooting guard, I guess we have no choice but to double down on D. Johnson. Hope he learns how to play D.

Comment by Taxing Matters 04.24.13 @ 4:10 pm

I know we love to see how our recruiting classes rank nationally in Football. How about BBALL.

ESPN National Team Rankings (Number of commits)

1 Kentucky (8)
2 Memphis (5)
3 Kansas (5)
4 Indiana (6)
5 Arizona (3)
6 Duke *** (3)
7 Syracuse *** (5)
8 Louisville *** (4)
9 Florida (2)
10 LSU (7)
11 Marquette (5)
12 North Carolina *** (3)
13 Michigan (3)
14 North Carolina State *** (3)
15 Notre Dame *** (4)
16 Brigham Young (5)
17 WEST VIRGINIA (4)
18 Illinois (5)
19 Arkansas (2)
20 UCLA (4)
21 South Florida (6)
22 Missouri (5)
23 Baylor (4)
24 Cincinnati (5)
25 Oklahoma State (5)
26 California (4)
27 Colorado (3)
28 Wisconsin (5)
29 Washington (4)
30 UTEP (5)
31 Ohio State (2)
32 Villanova (3)
33 Alabama (2)
34 Florida State (2) ***
35 Purdue (3)
36 TCU (4)
37 Texas (3)
38 Connecticut (3)
39 Iowa State (4)
40 Oregon

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 4:34 pm

You have 6 ACC teams in the Top 15.

If we don’t improve our recruiting it’s going to be hard to compete in the Top Tier of the ACC.

We use to have a HUGE advantage playing at The Pete.

Not so anymore as the last 2 home seasons testify.

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 4:38 pm

EMel lennard freeman was to be in town to vist
pitt today keep your fingers crossed that we sign
him.

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.24.13 @ 4:43 pm

@Frankcan
Josh Davis is out on the West Coast talking with San Diego State as well. Gonzaga and now Arizona is in the mix.

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 4:45 pm

Freeman’s High Interest schools are:

DePaul
NC State
UAB
PITT

Villanova is Medium Interest.

He’s a PF like Mike Young. Although not nearly as highly rated.

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 4:56 pm

Freeman is from DC though.

Maybe James Robinson knows him or balled with him.

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 4:58 pm

EMel here is one for you the jam fest was just held
in pittsburgh in the last 2 days a 6 foot 9 center
named tommy hamilton looked so good that depaul signed him .
what the hell were we asleep .

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.24.13 @ 5:02 pm

Yea I saw that….the Pitt Jam Fest was over the last weekend.

I never knew we had a AAU all-star type event, however it doesn’t seem to be netting us very many highly rated players. Or many players, highly rated or not…..at all.

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 5:23 pm

It seems to me that JD & this current staff has to almost have a long long relationship with players to have even a chance of landing them or somebody just falls in their lap, ala Steve Adams or Mike Young. Artis meanwhile was a very very lengthy relationship which hinged on him passing the SAT’s and him not getting many Major offers.

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 5:27 pm

Dixon’s just playing coy!!!

Comment by Dan 04.24.13 @ 5:38 pm

Dixon’s just playing coy!!!

Comment by Dan 04.24.13 @ 5:38 pm

Looks like we’re in The Mix for Eli Carter !

Rutgers guard Eli Carter is considering six schools for his next stop. “The schools that I am considering are Maryland, Florida, Memphis, Creighton, Buffalo & Pittsburgh !!” he Tweeted. Carter met Tuesday with Florida and Pitt and was slated to meet with Maryland on Wednesday.

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 6:28 pm

Is it good that he listed us last, idk.

(after Buffalo even, oy vey )

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 6:30 pm

We should be able to offer……LOTS of PT.

With only 3 guards on the roster, atm.

None of them particularly adept at Outside Shooting.

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 6:31 pm

John who? Let’s get Uchebo. First and foremost the panthers need a big man who can play.

Comment by Justinian 04.24.13 @ 6:44 pm

Steve Pederson needs to get off his arse and authorize JD to offer multi-year scholarships to some of these kids. Universities are allowed to do that now and there is a hesitation to do so because, like other schools, Pitt is getting the reputation of “moving” players that aren’t contributors to the program and replacing them with updated models for the next year.

Multi-year deals may not sound like much, but for a kid and his family, it is important and may help to land higher ranked players. Just sayin, any thoughts from the collective good? Pitt can either lead or follow. My preference is to lead. Steve Pederson’s preference is to not do much of anything with regards to strategic thinking.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 04.24.13 @ 6:54 pm

Playing time is a very big incentive. Particularily for a junior college kid like Uchebo. Coming our of a junior college, he won’t have 4 years of eligibility, so the opportunity to play right away should matter more to him. Also other than Louisville, Pitt is the best team on his list.

Comment by Justinian 04.24.13 @ 6:54 pm

Hey guys, what is the deadline tomorrow?

Comment by panther94 04.24.13 @ 7:24 pm

@ dhuffdaddy

As long as we’re not getting another reputation.

As in recruiting high ranked players who don’t seem to develop much… if any.

Yes we can turn some rocks into emeralds, but some of the diamonds we’re getting are getting turned into sand.

On another note, doesn’t seem like NYC area is producing the same quality bball players that they have been known for. As Severe was selected as Mr. New York State in bball. Maybe it’s just a bad year or two in NYC.

The number one player in the country (Andrew Wiggins) is still undecided. The kid is from Huntington W.Va. which isn’t far from Pittsburgh.
Calapari was in Huntington today putting the wrap on him. UK already has 8 top rated recruits in this year’s class, which is as many as Pitt gets in 15 years !!

Comment by EMel 04.24.13 @ 7:44 pm

@EMEL, lookout, they may be offering you!!

Comment by Dan 04.24.13 @ 7:53 pm

EMEL you have it wrong Pitt has gotten a reputation of when it rarely recruits a top level player they do not adapt to the player and gain from his strengths they force him into a system that can ruin the players career. Taylor being switched to a 5 adding 20 pounds ruins his knees and back eliminating his strengths demonstrated in High school.
Birch pllaying the 5 and getting limited minutes on a team that could not qualify for the NIT and was dominated by one player Gibbs that Dixon never stopped from playing for himself.
Adams who was better offensively before he got to Pitt. Dixon limited his offensive game to not using his skills facing the basket and not forcing Woodall to give up the ball or sit him on the bench. Like Birch limiting his playing time in favor of players with far less skill.
No 5 star player will come to Pitt again with Dixon as coach (3 in 5 years each one he hurt their career).
Let’s be honest. Adams lost ground in the NBA draft by coming to Pitt, Birch transfered to save his career, and Taylor drank the kool-aid was villified for 3 years and ruined his body and career.

Comment by pittisit 04.24.13 @ 8:24 pm

I thought there was some kind of deadline today. Can someone fill me in on what that was?

Comment by panther94 04.24.13 @ 8:35 pm

panther 94 not that i know i think the bb signing dead line is like may 3rd or 4th but not sure i could look.

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.24.13 @ 8:43 pm

don’t know about a deadline but believe Uchebo is announcing tomorrow

Comment by wbb 04.24.13 @ 8:44 pm

loi in bb is from april 17 till may 15

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.24.13 @ 8:51 pm

Wbb i cant find that any were on any site but hope
you are right you must have inside info .
if true hope it is pitt.

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.24.13 @ 8:59 pm

frankcan, I may well be wrong, I thought I read the other day that he was making an annoucement one of these days but really not sure

Comment by wbb 04.24.13 @ 9:12 pm

Oh well maybe Dixon can at least parlay all this recent recruiting success into another extension.

Comment by Floyd 04.24.13 @ 9:21 pm

Wbb hope you are right but i looked ever were
could find nothing.

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.24.13 @ 9:25 pm

Floyd very funny i like the humor you get 10 points for that.

Comment by FRANKCAN 04.24.13 @ 9:29 pm

ok, not sure why i thought that.

Comment by panther94 04.24.13 @ 9:36 pm

pittisit hit the nail on the head…no great big player with any brains will ever come to Pitt….PG maybe, but not big man….even Blair should have played as a 4 somewhere else…now he’s a permanent bench player in the NBA as an undersized center.

Of course Uchebo could chose to come here and it would be a good move for him, but only because he’s damaged goods.

Comment by Jackagain 04.24.13 @ 9:49 pm

Hey Coach – I am a lifetime 78% Ft shooter and can still hit 3′s. Not only that, but I can catch the ball in the paint and NOT put it immediately on the floor/or hold it waist high for someone to steal, before I make a move or a pass…..and I am only 62~ Can we play half court?

Tough to judge Dixon or any one working on a sale until the final numbers are in. I remain hopeful.

Comment by Dan 72 04.24.13 @ 9:52 pm

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

THE FORDHAM COACH TOLD HIM “WE ARE GOING TO PLAY UP-TEMPO, RUN AND GUN”. DIXON TOLD HIM “WE ARE GOING TO SLOW IT DOWN AND KEEP PASSING AND WORK FOR THE BEST SHOT AND CONCENTRATE ON DEFENSE”. THE KID THOUGHT ABOUT IT FOR ABOUT 10 SECONDS AND CALLED THE FORDHAM COACH AND SAID “WHERE DO I SIGN?

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

WAYNE GREAT POST

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

Ward
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

Clemson…………Clemson
Maryland………..Maryland
NC ST…………..NC St.
Syracuse………..Syracuse

Duke……………Boston College
Fla. St…………Georgia Tech
Virginia………..Miami
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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