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Pitt coach Kevin Stallings lands Maryland forward, JUCO guard

| Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Pitt coach Kevin Stallings talks to his team against Slippery Rock in the second half Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Petersen Events Center.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Pitt coach Kevin Stallings talks to his team against Slippery Rock in the second half Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Petersen Events Center.

After securing 11 players in this year's recruiting class, Pitt coach Kevin Stallings saw the fruits of his efforts for 2018 pay off Wednesday when 6-9 forward Bryce Golden of Hagerstown, Md., and junior college guard Danya Kinsby signed letters of intent.

“Bryce is a guy who fits who we are,” Stallings said. “He is very physical, skilled and very tough. All the things we value.”

Golden picked the Panthers over offers from Clemson, Maryland, N.C. State and Xavier, among others.

Stallings said he identified Golden early in the recruiting process, but what he liked about him — his toughness — showed up later in an AAU game.

“I saw him take three charges in an AAU game,” he said. “And there are not a lot of charges in an AAU game.

“From a size and physicality and toughness standpoint, his learning curve will be shorter than some because he's a tough kid. There are a lot of things about him that will fit in well with us.”

Stallings added that Golden, a senior at Saint James School, also is a threat as a 3-point shooter.

Stallings may only sign three players in next year's class, a contrast to what he did after last season when all but two players left the program.

“If I needed 11 more, I don't know, they would have had to commit me someplace,” he said. “I couldn't have done it. I would have been committed.

“Fortunately, that stretch is over with and we can get back to normality as it pertains to how we recruit.”

Kingsby, 6-foot-1, plays at College of Southern Idaho, where he averaged 11.7 points per game while hitting 41.7 percent of his 3-point shots last season.

“Danya is an explosive lead guard with the ability to break down defenses,” Stallings said.

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