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Jamie Dixon Relying On Freshmen In 2012?

Will Jamie Dixon rely more on freshmen this season? (Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE)
Will Jamie Dixon rely more on freshmen this season? (Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE)

Pitt's basketball program is usually one that relies on the veterans. There have been times when freshmen found significant playing time (i.e. DeJuan Blair and Khem Birch) so it's a bit unfair to label Jamie Dixon as a coach that won't play freshmen. Still, as is the case with most programs, freshmen typically don't get that many minutes at Pitt.

That sounds as if it could be changing, at least temporarily.

Dixon was on 93.7 FM The Fan this week and talked a bit about the freshman playing a role this year. Adams, we know, will get his minutes. But James Robinson could see some time, too, behind Tray Woodall. Woodall will be counted on to do the heavy lifting, but Robinson is talented enough that he should avoid a redshirt. And when you throw in the fact that Pitt is a bit thin at quality depth at the point, it makes it almost automatic that he'll play.

There's also the forgotten man, guard Chris Jones, who Pitt picked up in February. Jones has already said he wants to play right away (what freshman doesn't?), but with Trey Zeigler and John Johnson (if JJ plays shooting guard), finding minutes for Jones could be tough.

But in any event, we could see freshman play a sizable role this season.

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