Texas Sized Center Stays Home

Rosenberg (Tex.) Terry High center Dexter Pittman isn't leaving the state of Texas. Scout.com's No. 10 center and No. 51 prospect overall is off the board.

The Texas Longhorns added another Top 100 recruit to Rick Barnes' growing cast in Austin. The 6-foot-10, 320 pounder whose father played at Oklahoma State, eventually picked the Horns over Arizona State and Florida State.

"It was probably the proximity to home," Terry coach Bennett Hatten said of the UT commitment. "He wasn't going to go that far. He visited Arizona State and Florida State and he felt comfortable at both. Then, at the very end he decided to stay home."

Pittman shot 61% from the field as a junior. He averaged 15 points and had highs of 27 points and 21 rebounds. Three blocked shots a game came along with the package.

The Longhorns now have No. 2 Kevin Durant, guard Justin Mason and guard Harrison Smith in what amounts to a strong Top 25 effort at this juncture.

"In Dexter's case, if he gets homesick he can always run home," Hatten said. "The program was in the Final Four a year and if Tucker and Aldridge didn't get hurt, they might have been back there again. Dexter felt comfortable with the kids from the state of Texas."

Count Hatten among those who believe that Pittman's best basketball has yet to be played. "Dexter is and will continue to improve and become a great player. He has a good inside game, is a strong rebounder, has a tremendous attitude and he also understands that the good Lord above has blessed him with that big old body. The future is beyond belief because I don't think he's scratched the surface."

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