Coach Dixon just got a new commitment out of Maryland. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Here's ESPN's Dave Telep's take on Robinson.
Pitt got great news today on the recruiting front when 2012 PG James Robinson out of Hyattsville, Maryland verbally committed to the Panthers. He is ranked 56th by Rivals and 49th by ESPN in the class of 2012 and the #8 PG in his class of 2012. He also received offers from Notre Dame, Miami, West Virginia, and Virginia.
So what are things that Robinson does well? He's a true PG, something that Pitt, other than Travon Woodall, doesn't really have. ESPN has this to say about him.
In a lead guard, you look for a kid who has pace, patience and smarts to his game. Robinson doesn't make a lot of mistakes and sees the floor well. He's not a guy who is prone to forcing and will finish straight line drives. Jumper keeps defenders honest. You can trust him to run a team and he's coachable. Other players will be in scoring position when he's on the floor.
This is a mature basketball player. He's not flashy or spectacular, he's reliable and coachable. More of a team runner than a dominant scoring threat, he'll find his niche in a high-major program just as many who came before him at DeMatha have.
Now for scholarships, Pitt has two players that are graduating this season in Ashton Gibbs and Nasir Robinson. With the commitment of Steven Adams, barring loss to the draft (unlikely) or transfer (possibility), Pitt should be done for the Class of 2012.
What does this mean for local prospect Geno Thorpe, who is high on the Panthers? That will be something to watch later. But for now, welcome to Pitt James Robinson.
Here's a highlight video for those interested.