Shaq to Pittsburgh…Shaq Doorson That Is

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 to Pitt

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 to Pitt; Martin to Announce Next Week

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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Jamie Dixon Watches Steven Adams, Talks ACC Stability, 2013-14 Roster

By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

Jamie DixonORLANDO – 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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Pittsburgh Lands Former OSU Commit Mostella

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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Derrick Randall to Pitt; Marcus Ware to Iona

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