Pitt in need of shooting guard help

Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

With Dante Taylor moving on, the Malcolm Gilbert transfer, and a possible early exit from Steven Adams, there's a lack of depth in Pitt's frontcourt. But as much as we're all worried about recruiting another big man, the Panthers have another weak area: shooting guard.

Pitt loses Tray Woodall after this season and it's likely that Trey Zeigler or Cam Wright moves into the starting spot next year. There's also going to be redshirt freshman, Chris Jones. The Panthers should be okay in 2013, but Zeigler graduates after then and Wright will be a senior.

The other thing to keep in mind is that they could be relying on Wright to start in 2014. While Wright will certainly improve at least a little since that's two seasons away, will Pitt really be in great shape if he's the starter? He's turned into a serviceable backup, but has work to do. The good news, though, is that he could get significantly better. Brad Wanamaker is a guy who started off pretty shaky, but was one of the team's best players when he graduated.

Still, recruiting another guard for 2013 will give Wright and Jones some competition in 2014 and that would be a good thing. Jones will only be a redshirt sophomore and if Wright doesn't develop enough, Pitt could be in a real mess there. Jamie Dixon must be sensing that as he's pursuing 2013 guard Jon Severe (more on this later).

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