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Pitt gets commitment from 6-7 forward Artis

| Friday, April 12, 2013, 10:24 p.m.

Pitt has long been the favorite school of Jamel Artis. He was just waiting for the right time to pick the Panthers, and that came during his official visit Friday to the Oakland campus.

Artis, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound point forward from Baltimore who plays at Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts, said he committed to the Panthers after learning that he had academically qualified for freshman eligibility.

“Pitt was my main school,” Artis said. “Everybody else was just recruiting me, saying they loved my game but never really put in the effort. Pitt came to see me a couple times. I felt the love from them.”

Artis said he averaged 18 points, five rebounds and five assists a game at Notre Dame Prep, the same school where former Pitt center Steven Adams played in 2011-12.

Artis is the third member of the Panthers' 2013 recruiting class, joining 6-2 guard Josh Newkirk of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Christian and 6-8 power forward Mike Young of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. Young is a McKeesport native who played at Shady Side Academy as a freshman.

Another prospect, 6-11 center center Joseph Uchebo, also is visiting Pitt this weekend and could commit. The Panthers now have three scholarships available after Adams declared for the NBA Draft and Trey Zeigler decided to transfer.

Pitt also is one of a handful of schools that could be a destination for 6-8 power forward Josh Davis, who is transferring from Tulane and will be eligible next season.

“They're an aggressive team. I love the coaching staff. I feel like they're the right fit for me,” Artis said. “What you're going to get out of me is a lot of movement with the ball, getting my team involved, scoring, rebounding and getting on the breaks to get easy buckets.”

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