Pitt Men’s Basketball Adds Trio Of Players This Week


The University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team revealed Tuesday the signing of a trio of players, Crisshawn Clark, Justice Kithcart, and Corey Manigault, during the early signing period.

“We have kids that are from good, solid programs and have been with them for a number of years,” said Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon on the team’s website. “They all have good size for their position and they’re good students at the same time. I’m excited about the group. They all come from winning programs and they’re excited about being at the University of Pittsburgh.”

Clark, who is from Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard. He put up 15.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest a year ago as a freshman for the Canada College Colts in Redwood City, California. Clark claimed the 2015 NorCal Freshman of the Year and ranked a three-star project by rivals.com. He listed as a Top-15 JUCO prospect by the Sporting News. He suffered a knee injury that will sideline him for the 2015-2016 campaign. Clark has three years of eligibility remaining with the Panthers.

“Crisshawn is an athletic guard with good size,” Dixon said of the junior college commitment. “He will have three years to play, so he will be an older kid when he gets here. He’s very versatile; he can shoot the ball, play point guard and guard as well on defense. He’s a good athlete and very hard worker.”

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Kithcart is from Durham, North Carolina and attends Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, VA. He is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard. He had 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per match-up during his junior season. The three-star prospect was a top player for his AAU squad, Team Loaded VA.

Ty White, Kithcart’s AAU coach, told Adam Zagoria on the Zagsblog website, “He’s a relentless point guard with great ball skills and the ability to touch the paint at will.”

Manigault hails from Suitland, Maryland and attends Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia. He is a 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward. He is a four-star prospect that collected 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest as a junior.

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“It’s a great place to be for bigs,” Manigualt told Evan Daniels at Scout.com. “Over the last few years they’ve developed their bigs. Coach Dixon knows what he’s does doing and I like him as a person and as a coach.”

Pitt returns to the hardwood Friday, Nov. 20 at the Petersen Events Center when they battle the Detroit Titans. The tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. and the match-up will be on ESPN3.