Pittsburgh Lands Juco Forward

The Pittsburgh Panthers have added a 4th recruit to their 2005 recruiting haul. The Panthers went big again, this time adding a junior college player.

Jamie Dixon has some size coming into the program at Pittsburgh next year. Forwards Tyrell Biggs, Sam Young and Mike Davis were already headed to the Big East power and now Dixon has struck again. This time the Panthers went the junior college route.

Doyle Hudson, a 6-foot-7 power forward out of Roane State College in Tennessee committed this week. Last season, Hudson averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds. "We averaged 80 points a game [last season] and we played 10 people," Roane coach Randy Nesbit said. "He was our leading scorer and rebounder."

Hudson isn't your typical junior college recruit. He's a native of the Bahamas who has steadily progressed during his brief time on the mainland. Nesbit thinks the Panthers have big plans for his guy.

"Their intentions are and they're hopeful, that he's going to come in and be a big impact right away. They've got some freshman signees at his position but they're not really anticipating having to develop this guy. He may go and be the 13th man; it's a position they need and they need immediate help from him. Their expectations are pretty high."

Hudson is 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds … and climbing. "He goes home in the summer and loses a bunch of weight but he's climbing.

"He's really developing his shooting and passing skills and he's powerful inside. He likes physical play and he's a well-rounded player."

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