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Pitt forward Dodson withdraws

| Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007

Freshman forward Darnell Dodson, the first player to commit to Pitt in its heralded recruiting class of 2007, has withdrawn from classes.

Coach Jamie Dixon said the 6-foot-7, 210-pounder is expected to enroll in a junior college in the next couple of days.

"We are trying to help him with that," Dixon said.

Dodson, the all-time leading scorer at Greenbelt Eleanor (Md.) Roosevelt, didn't play in Sunday's Blue-Gold scrimmage while awaiting possible eligibility from the NCAA Clearinghouse. He also hadn't practiced with the Panthers since formal workouts began Oct. 12.

One of the most prolific scoring threats in the Washington, D.C. area last season, Dodson was a likely candidate to redshirt this season, and move into the rotation next season at small forward, where the Panthers will lose senior forward Mike Cook.

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