Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon watches 2014 target Khadeen Carrington

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Pitt is still working on their 2013 recruiting class, but Jamie Dixon is well on his way to trying to put together his class for 2014.

With the Panthers not playing again until Saturday, Adam Zagoria reported over the weekend that Dixon was going to be watching 2014 guard Khadeen Carrington on Monday. Carrington is a big-time shooting guard recruit out of New York and is rated as a four-star by Rivals. He already has several offers from schools including Pitt, UConn, Iowa, West Virginia, and many more. In October, this website says that UConn and Cincinnati were after him the hardest. That site says he was scheduled to visit West Virginia in October and Carrington also reportedly visited St. John's last month.

Funny thing was that, even though he's now rated as one of the state's top prospects, he almost didn't even play basketball:

Carrington was actually going to play soccer, he said, before local AAU coach Keith Oliver spotted him and convinced him to try basketball at the age of eight. Carrington’s mother, Lima Dufont, was at first hesitant, knowing little about the sport and expecting him to fllow his brother and father's footsteps on the pitch. It was rough in the early going. Carrington joked he would dribble the ball with two hands at once.

"I used to suck," he said, cracking up at his own futility at one time.

With James Robinson, Cameron Wright, Chris Jones, and Josh Newkirk projected to be in the fold in 2014, the Panthers have a decent amount of backcourt players. But how many of those turn into bonafide scorers is a question mark. Adding Carrington to the mix would be a huge boost.

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