Justin K. Aller
We all know about Pitt's lack of depth in the frontcourt thanks to the departures of Malcolm Gilbert and Khem Birch the past two seasons. The addition of Mike Young will help a bit, but Pitt could use some more help.
Enter 2014 center Adonis DelaRosa.
Rivals mentioned that Pitt is targeting the big man for next year's class. Not only that, but they appear to be chasing him as hard as any other school, according to that article:
"I am hearing from Pitt as much as any other school right now. There are others like Miami, Memphis, and Tennessee. At this point, I don't have any favorites and there are more schools showing interest. I'm open to everyone right now.
DelaRosa checks in at 6'10" with his weight kind of an unknown. Rivals says he's 260 pounds, this site has him at 270, and Scout has him at a whopping 300 pounds. As far as ranking, Scout has him as a three-star recruit, but he's unranked by Rivals. Despite that, though, the site has him with several offers so far, including Georgetown and Providence. Pitt apparently hasn't offered him yet, but they seem interested. Others apparently interested include Tennessee and Memphis.
Pitt could be looking at the JUCO route for 2013 and it will be interesting to see if that impacts the pursuit of Delarosa. The other impact could come from Pitt's other center targets for 2014. According to Scout, the Panthers have offered four-star center Goodluck Okonoboh and if they're able to land him, that could mean less interest in DelaRosa.
Time will tell where this goes.