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Hampton's Ryan Luther picks Pitt

| Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 10:42 p.m.
Hampton's Ryan Luther dunks over New Castle's Shawn Anderson in the first half during the WPIAL boys Class AAAA Championship at A.J. Palumbo Center, Saturday, March 2, 2013. Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
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Hampton's Ryan Luther is a member of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2013 Terrific 10.
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Hampton's Ryan Luther scores over Cathedral Prep's Conor Colpoys during their PIAA Class AAAA playoff game Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Farrell High School.

Pitt has received a verbal commitment from Hampton forward Ryan Luther, giving the Panthers their second recruit with WPIAL ties for the Class of 2014.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Luther joins a recruiting class that also includes former Beaver Falls star Sheldon Jeter, a 6-8 forward who is spending a year at Polk State College in Florida after transferring from Vanderbilt after his freshman season.

Luther averaged 21 points a game last season to lead Hampton to the WPIAL Class AAAA final after taking the Talbots to the Class AAA final as a sophomore. He chose Pitt over Dayton, Duquesne and George Washington. The latter two schools also are offered scholarships to his twin brother, Colin, a 6-6 guard.

Pitt received a commitment this past spring from another WPIAL star in Lincoln Park sophomore shooting guard Maverick Rowan. The Panthers also are pursuing Satchel Pierce, a 7-foot center from The Kiski School in Saltsburg. Pierce visited Pitt last weekend, is taking an official visit to Miami this weekend and is expected to visit Marquette next week.

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