Jan 25, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon looks on against the Louisville Cardinals during the second half at the Petersen Events Center. Louisville won 80-68. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Head coach Jamie Dixon has lost another recruit.
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This time it was prized 2016 guard Mustapha Heron for the Class of 2016. The highly regarded junior from Sacred Heart High in Connecticut has re-opened his recruiting. Heron was ranked the No. 23 prospect in the class according to Rivals.com.
Originally, he was recruited to Pitt by Barry Rohrssen, who then left for Kentucky last season, and is now joining the staff at St. John’s under new head coach Chris Mullin.
Heron continued to reiterate his commitment to Pitt basketball this season, but apparently things have changed.
Odds are that St. John’s is the new favorite for Heron, and Pitt suffers another disappointment.
Last week, we found out that Pitt was losing senior guard/ forward Durand Johnson to transfer. A few weeks ago, center Tyrone Haughton, who never played in a game for Pitt, elected to transfer to a different program.
Pitt now has two open scholarships for next season, and I hope Dixon does not fill that void with non-scorers or “projects.”
Also in the Class of 2016, local 6-foot-7 guard Maverick Rowan originally committed to Pitt, moved to Florida, and then decommited. Pitt is still in the mix, but I highly doubt we will see him in a Pitt uniform.
Having lost the entire Class of 2011, and now losing two top junior recruits, it may be time to start asking Jamie Dixon why he cannot secure a top-notch recruit. Since Pitt is now in the prestigious ACC, they should not be losing so many players in such a short amount of time.
A few weeks ago, I envisioned an ideal lineup for the next two seasons. My dreams have quickly changed with the loss of Johnson and now Heron. Both of these athletes are scorers that Pitt desperately could use.
The new chancellor cannot be pleased with the current status of Pitt hoops.