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Pitt targeting some top recruits for 2014 class

Chris McGrath

Scout recently released their updated college basketball top 100 list for the 2014 recruiting class and it's no surprise that Pitt is targeting several. The site says that Pitt has offered two in the list and could also have interest in a few other four-star recruits.

Goodluck Okonoboh is the big target. He's the highest-rated one on the list for Pitt at No. 37. Okonoboh is a 6'9" center out of Massachusetts (ranked No. 4 in the nation) and reportedly has other offers from Syracuse, Minnesota, and Providence.

Isaiah Whitehead is a shooting guard out of New York and the eighth best shooting guard prospect for 2014 according to the site, checking in at No. 43 overall. Syracuse, UConn, St. John's, and Rutgers have offered, but there could be interest from other big fish like Louisville, Kentucky, Florida, and Arizona.

In addition, the site also says there could be interest in three four-star point guards: Kaleb Joseph (MA), Alex Robinson (TX), and Tre Campbell (DC).

It's a bit disappointing that Pitt isn't apparently in the mix for any more top big men besides Okonoboh. There's still a shortage in the frontcourt and if Steven Adams leaves early, the need becomes even more dire. But as I've mentioned before, Pitt is also looking at a few other kids, including a three-star center, Adonis De La Rosa. Plus there's still the 2013 class, which will add Mike Young and potentially a lower-rated or JUCO center.

Almost makes you wonder if Pitt will have trouble landing top big men in the future. Dante Taylor never really reached his potential and Khem Birch left before even a full year. Malcolm Gilbert and Dwight Miller also left the program before really getting off the ground. One thing that could help is Steven Adams developing and landing in the NBA lottery. If there are any fears by top big men about Pitt, that should help alleviate those a bit.

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