Pitt lands 6-11 center from Netherlands
Pitt added some international flavor to its recruiting class when Shaquille Doorson, a 6-foot-11, 265-pound center from the Netherlands, signed with the Panthers.
Doorson , 19, announced his decision on the website of The Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain. CBA is playing in the National Prep Showcase this weekend in New Haven, Conn., and Pitt coach Jamie Dixon is expected to be there to see him play.
“This was always the goal for me and the reason why I came to CBA,” Doorson said. “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 powerhouse conference. I can only thank (CBA director) Rob Orellana and his coaching staff for pushing me every day to make this dream become a reality.”
CBA also produced a Louisville recruit in 7-2 center Matz Stockman. Doorson, who was recruited by Pitt assistant Barry Rohrssen, has only two years of experience playing basketball but is explosive around the basket. He gives Pitt a much-needed post presence, as starting center Talib Zanna is in his final year of eligibility and backup Derrick Randall has only one more remaining year of eligibility after this season.
“In his short time here Shaquille has taken huge strides and he is a true credit himself and to CBA,” Orlenna said. “This is a great move for him as he will be challenged every day and I really believe that his continued development will flourish under the guidance of head coach Jamie Dixon.”
Pitt last week signed a pair of 6-8 forwards in Sheldon Jeter, a former Beaver Falls star who spent his freshman season at Vanderbilt and now attends Polk State (Fla.) College, and Ryan Luther, who has led Hampton to back-to-back appearances in the WPIAL championship game.
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