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Pitt lands top-150 point guard

| Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, 8:34 p.m.

Pitt is joining the ACC next season, but the men's basketball team is already making inroads there.

The Panthers on Wednesday received a verbal commitment from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God point guard Josh Newkirk, a top-150 recruit in the Class of 2013 from the heart of ACC country.

Newkirk, who was also considering Georgia Tech and Memphis, said Pitt's future in the ACC played a big role in his decision.

“That was definitely a plus for me, to be able to come and play in North Carolina,” he said.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Newkirk, who attends the high school that produced NBA guard John Wall, took an official visit to Pitt last weekend and attended the football team's upset victory over Virginia Tech. On Tuesday, coach Jamie Dixon made an in-house visit, and Newkirk announced his decision on Twitter on Wednesday.

“The team really took me in, and I felt like part of a family,” Newkirk said. “It was real fun. The fans showed me love, and I had a great time. I have a real good relationship with Coach Dixon. He's a good coach and has a tradition of winning games.”

Newkirk, who joins four-star power forward and McKeesport native Mike Young of St. Benedict's (N.J.) in Pitt's Class of 2013, is a consensus top-150 prospect. He's the No. 21 point guard and the 89th overall recruit, according to Scout.com, and the No. 27 point guard and the 119th overall recruit by Rivals.com.

He will join four-star freshman James Robinson to give Pitt a talented duo of point guards as the Panthers move into the ACC.

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