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Pitt's Dixon discusses local signees

| Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 7:54 p.m.

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said the signings of 6-foot-9 Hampton forward Ryan Luther and former Beaver Falls standout Sheldon Jeter, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Vanderbilt, are important because of the players' local ties.

The Division I fall signing period for basketball ran from Nov. 13-20.

“It's exciting,” said Dixon, who spoke Thursday for the first time about the Panthers' three-member recruiting class, which also includes Shaquille Doorson, a 6-11 center from Holland.

“Generally, kids want to stay close to home. We found two kids that a lot of people thought were really good players and got recruited by a lot of schools that wanted to stay close to home.”

Jeter, who is attending classes at Polk State College in Winter Haven, Fla., will enroll at Pitt with three years of eligibility remaining.

He averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 33 games in 2012-13 in his only season at Vanderbilt.

Luther enters his senior season as Hampton's all-time leading scorer.

He averaged 21.3 points and led the Talbots to a 22-6 record and WPIAL Class AAAA finals appearance last season.

Doorson, playing for the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain, is a big man who Dixon said has the ability to develop in a similar fashion as center Steven Adams, who left the Panthers for the NBA after one season.

John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jharris@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JHarris_Trib.

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