Pitt Basketball: Jamie Dixon Completes Recruiting Class


The 2011-12 season was a rough one for Jamie Dixon and the Pitt Men’s Basketball team.

But as many expect, the Panthers won’t be down for long and Dixon is trying to avoid consecutive down seasons by putting the finishing touches on one of the best recruiting classes in Pitt history.

Dixon announced Wednesday that Chris Jones and Trey Zeigler will join the program, bringing the total for the 2012 recruiting class to four; already joining prized recruit in center Steven Adams and guard James Robinson, giving Dixon one of the best classes in the country.

Before the announcement of Jones and Zeigler, Pitt’s 2012 class was ranked in the top 15 in the country by most recruiting services. That number will definitely keep increasing with the latest two additions, as ESPN U has the Panthers up to No. 13.

Jones is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound small forward out of Teaneck N.J. During his senior season  he averaged 21.2 PPG, along with 8.3 RPG, 3.7 APG and 2.3 SPG.

Zeigler transfers in from Central Michigan, where he averaged 16.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG and 2.3 APG in two seasons.

He’s, a 6-foot-5, 200 pound guard, who attended CMU to play for his father, Ernie, despite receiving offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Duke coming out of high school.

The Panthers will once again be young in 2012-13, but they certainly will have the talent in place to hopefully get things turned around quickly.

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