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Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 12:48 p.m.
 

Damon Wilson calls himself a fundamental point guard. He can use his frame to grab rebounds, push the ball up the floor and dish to teammates in transition.

When Pitt coach Jamie Dixon watched Wilson practice at Our Savior New American in Centereach, N.Y., he saw a player perfectly suited for the Panthers.

Wilson gave a verbal commitment to Pitt on Monday night, shortly after Dixon told that to Wilson in a phone conversation.

“I already liked Pitt. After he came to my practice, he started pushing more,” Wilson said. “He told me he liked the way I play, that my style of play fits Pitt because I can rebound and push it up the floor.”

A 6-foot-5, 193-pound junior, Wilson picked the Panthers over Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Stanford, Virginia and Virginia Tech. His father, Damon Sr., played football at Georgia Tech; his older sister, Dominique, plays basketball at N.C. State.

Wilson is Pitt's first commitment from the Class of 2015.

A native of Powder Springs, Ga., Wilson transferred from McEachern High to St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., last year.

“He's a long, lefty athletic point guard,” Our Savior New American assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch said. “He loves to pass the ball. He's got a team-first attitude and a great will to win. They played him out of position last year. Now, he's got a chance to be a point guard, and he's showing his natural playmaking tendencies.”

Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at kgorman@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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