Pitt Basketball Recruiting: Panthers a bit slow out of the gate for 2014

Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE

Let's not get crazy here. The 2013 basketball early signing period is still a little over two months away. Pitt not having a committed player for the 2014-15 season isn't cause for major concern. However, it is worth noting that the Panthers are one of the few ACC programs without a commitment.

According to Rivals, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame all have one player committed as of this week. Miami, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Virginia, and Wake Forest have two. North Carolina has three while Maryland has four. Only Boston College, Virginia Tech, and Pitt are without a current player committed.

To be fair, Pitt has swung for some fairly big players and missed. Dixon reportedly targeted Terry Larrier, but he has kept Pitt out of his top ten. They've also had interest in Khadeen Carrington but could be out of the running for him, too. In addition, Pitt lost Wade Baldwin to Vandy and Ja'Quan Newton to Miami.

Also keep in mind that the Panthers are recruiting better and at this point are targeting some pretty good players. Rivals currently has the Panthers having offered 16 scholarships to players. Of that list, 12 are four- or five-star recruits and the rest are three-star players. If Pitt can't land the bigger players they want, they'll of course offer some other kids. But for right now, it's too early to do that.

Things are off to a slow start for Dixon, but it's still pretty early. Also, consider this: At this time last year, Pitt had only one player, Mike Young, committed to the team. It'd be nice to have a player or two at this point, but there's still plenty of time.

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