Mike Young and Josh Newkirk Both Sign Letters of Intent for Pitt

Nick Laham

Pitt basketball's two current commits - forward Mike Young and point guard Josh Newkirk - both signed their binding letters of intent last week.

In case you didn't set up adequate Google alerts, Wednesday was National Letter of Intent Day for college basketball. And while Jamie Dixon isn't done recruiting the 2013 class thanks to a brand new open scholarship a la John Johnson, today was the first day that Pitt's two current recruits - power forward Mike Young and point guard Josh Newkirk - could sign away their eligibility to the University of Pittsburgh. And according to Pantherlair's Matt Steinbrink, both of them did just that.

Young seemed to always be Dixon's to lose since he was an actual high-major basketball recruit from Pittsburgh. The former Shadyside Academy product decided it was prudent to gain exposure as a New Jersey prep school product, but ended up committing to Pitt over Florida. He's a consensus 4-star, top-100 recruit that ranks as high as 56 per ESPN.

Superficially, it's easy to just proclaim Newkirk as a recruit from the ACC stronghold of North Carolina and draw whatever poorly formed conclusions one could from that (Also, Newkirk goes to the same high school as John Wall, so he's pretty much a lock to be the top pick in the draft). The three-star point guard's calling card is his athleticism and should immediately see time backing up James Robinson next season. Newkirk is a consensus three-star recruit

With one scholarship left to go, Pitt likely isn't done recruiting the class of 2013. With one-time top target Beejay Anya off the board and headed to a future ACC foe, Pitt seems to be relegated to "plan B" type of recruits going forward.

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