Derrick Randall says he’s in a “better” place now that he’s at Pittsburgh and away from Rutgers and the Mike Rice scandal.
“I have scars, but I am getting better – I smile because I don’t like to show my feelings – but it’s still with me. I get better day-by-day,” the 6-foot-9 Randall told Roger Rubin of the Daily News after grabbing five rebounds in Pitt’s 76-53 win over Texas Tech Monday in the Legends Classic.
Randall, a Brooklyn native and former Paterson (N.J.) Catholic standout, was one of four former Rutgers players who transferred after the Rice scandal in which he hurled basketball and homophobic slurs at his players. All four were granted waivers to play immediately this season. Randall told the Daily News he’s now in therapy with a psychiatrist because of what happened at Rutgers. To read more of this story, click here
Shaq is headed to play for Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh.
No, not that Shaq.
Shaquille Doorson, a 6-foot-11, 265-pound center from Holland and the Canarias Basketball Academy, signed an NLI to play for the ACC school. He will have four years of eligibility remaining.
“This was always the goal for me and the reason why I came to CBA,” he said in a statement. “My dream has come true, to know I’ll be playing in the ACC under a great coach and at a great program in a power house conference. I can only thank Rob Orellana and his coaching staff for pushing me every day to make this dream become a reality.” To read more of this story, click here
Damon Wilson, a 6-foot-4 2015 left-handed point guard from Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American, has verbally pledged to Pittsburgh.
The Powder Springs, Ga., native committed Monday night.
Wilson also held offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama and Stanford, with interest from North Carolina, N.C. State, Louisville, Ohio State and UCLA.
“Damon wanted to play in the best conference in the country in the ACC for one of the best coaches in the country,” Our Savior coach Eric Jaklitsch said. “He will get to play with James Robinson, who will be a senior when he is a freshman, and also learn from former point guard and Big East Player of the Year, Brandin Knight. He also has a friend on the team in current Pitt freshman Mike Young.” To read more of this story, click here
Sheldon Jeter, a former Vanderbilt forward now at Polk State (FL) College, committed to Pitt on his visit, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.
The 6-foot-7 Jeter will practice but not play games at Polk State this season in order to preserve his eligibility at Pitt beginning in 2014, the Sporting News reported.
Vandy coach Kevin Stallings reportedly initially blocked his transfer to Pitt, but now Jeter ends up where he always wanted to go.
Jeter, a native of Beaver Falls (Pa.), is Pitt’s first commit in 2014.
They are also hoping to land Bothell (WA) forward Josh Martin, who will announce next week between Pitt, Minnesota and Florida State.
He told SNY.tv Saturday that he had made up his mind while visiting Pitt with Jeter and will disclose his choice next week.
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By MATT SUGAM
What an NCAA source told SNY.tv was expected to happen has now happened.
Pitt’s Derrick Randall has received a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately, sources close to the situation confirmed to SNY.tv after it was reported by The Sporting News.
The 6-foot-9 Randall transfered from Rutgers following the Mike Rice fallout. To read more of this story, click here
By JOSH NEWMAN
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ORLANDO - The University of Pittsburgh was officially welcomed to the ACC on Monday along with Syracuse and Notre Dame. With that, the countdown towards a highly-anticipated college basketball season can begin as the Panthers and Orange will tangle with the likes of Duke and North Carolina in conference-play for the first time.
Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon acknowledges that it’s all well and good to be excited about the move to the ACC and the stability that comes with it, but as for the prospects of playing the Blue Devils and Tar Heels, it’s not like Pitt is new to big-time college basketball.
“We’ve played in some pretty good places, our place (the Petersen Events Center) is pretty tough,” Dixon, tongue-in-cheek, told SNY.tv on Monday afternoon at the Orlando Summer League. “I don’t want to take away from what those programs have done and where they’ve been, but we’ve played against good people and our league has been the best. For us, we’ve summed it up as we’re going from the best conference to the best conference. There may be some differences, but the main thing is we’ll be playing in the top conference in the country. That’s what we want for our school, that’s what we want to tell recruits and that’s what we want for our fans.”
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Detrick Mostella, a onetime Oklahoma State commit, is headed to Pittsburgh and will be eligible this coming season.
“I went on a visit and I literally felt like I was at home! I feel like I can turn this program around and help them takeover the ACC,” he told Givengobasketball.com.
The news was first reported by CBSSports.com.
The 6-foot-3 Mostella is the Rivals No. 14 shooting guard in the Class of 2013.
He joins point guard Josh Newkirk, power forwards Mike Young and Jamel Artis and center Joseph Uchebo in Pitt’s 2013 class.
The Panthers join the ACC this coming season.
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Transferring Rutgers big man Derrick Randall is headed to the ACC.
“I committed to Pittsburgh,” Randall told SNY.tv Sunday evening.
“It felt like a new home and a new start and I need to get away and start clean.”
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Randall also considered Iona and Minnesota. He visited Pittsburgh last Thursday.
Randall, a Bronx native who played at South Kent (Conn.) and Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, averaged 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds as a sophomore at Rutgers.
He opted to transfer in the wake of the Mike Rice scandal and could obtain a waiver to play immediately. To read more of this story, click here
In a move that should help them recruit the New York City area better as they make the transition to the ACC, Pittsburgh has brought back Barry “Slice” Rohrssen.
“We are extremely excited to bring Barry back to Pitt,” Panthers coach Jamie Dixon said. “From the start, Barry played an integral role in the success and building of our program. He has a great coaching background, is a good recruiter and has an exceptional understanding of how we operate our program.”
Rohrssen — who replaces Pat Sandle — recruited Chris Taft, Levance Fields, Ronald Ramon and Keith Benjamin to the Panthers and maintains a strong reputation with AAU and high school coaches in the city and surrounding areas. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Tray Woodall and his former St. Anthony teammates send group text messages to each other almost every other day.
Together, Woodall, Tyshawn Taylor, Mike Rosario and Jio Fontan, went 32-0 en route to a mythical national championship under Bob Hurley at St. Anthony in 2008.
They are forever bonded as brothers.
Now, Woodall (Pittsburgh), Rosario (Florida) and Fontan (USC) are all in their final years of college eligibility, while Taylor is an NBA rookie with the playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets.
Woodall and Rosario are headed to the NCAA Tournament, while Fontan and the Trojans will likely miss out. To read more of this story, click here