Big Man for 2009

So, after a 2008 recruiting class composed of mainly guards/wings (Gibbs, Woodall, Dixon, Robinson), Pitt was looking to go big for the 2009 class- literally and figuratively. After getting commitments from top-100 players Dante Taylor and Lamar Patterson, as well as the added re-commitment from Darnell Dodson, Jamie Dixon was looking for one last recruit to add to the class, and he was looking for a center. Well, today he got one from 6’7″, 235-pound J.J. Richardson out of Missouri City, Texas. He’s a 3-star recruit with a lot of promise as a power forward, and scouts have commented on his toughness inside and his rebounding ability. He hasn’t shown the offensive moves of someone like DeJuan Blair or the range of Dante Taylor but Jamie’s done a great job of recruiting players that will fit his system, and Richardson seems like a player who fits this perfectly. This might mean that Pitt is planning on having Taylor play center after DeJuan graduates (or leaves for the NBA), though we’ll try and get a real center (think Chris Taft-esque) in 2010. This is a good get for Pitt, we have the ability to develop a guy like Richardson considering the amount of talent we have on the team right now. In two years we’ll have a very solid inside game with Blair, McGhee, Miller, and Taylor, and should have the luxury of bringing Richardson along slowly or even giving him a redshirt.

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