Pryor Exploring Options

Terrelle Pryor committed to Pittsburgh a couple months ago in the middle of his sophomore season. The 6-foot-6 forward is still leaning towards the Panthers, but he's opted to explore other options.

Terrelle Pryor gave Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon a verbal commitment in the middle of his sophomore season at Jeannette High (Pa.), but now the 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward is looking at other options.

``I'm not sure if I made a mistake or not," Pryor said of his early pledge to the Panthers. "I talked it over with my dad and my advisor and I decided to look at other options. I still want to go to Pittsburgh, but I also want to see what else is out there."

If it sounds like a confused 16-year-old, that's exactly what Pryor is. He'd rather play ball than talk about his recruitment.

``He's more child-like," Jeannette High coach Rick Klimchock said. "He's 16, but he's closer to 12 than 20. He's not a real jaded kid or real street-smart. He just hasn't grown up yet."

When you first take a look at Pryor, he looks like a man. He's got a man's body and his game is also advanced with the athleticism, size and skill level that puts him among the elite players in the Class of 2008.

Pryor is also a star quarterback/defensive lineman who has picked up an offer from Penn State, but his heart is on the hardwood.

``I haven't made up my mind if I want to play football also in college, but I love basketball," he said.

``He wants to be an NBA player," Klimchock said.

Pryor averaged 21.7 points and 10.6 rebounds as a sophomore, but he sums up his season as "decent". He's deadly in the open court, but realizes he still needs to polish up his pull-up jumper.

``He's so explosive off the dribble," Klimchock said. "He's able to finish above the rim and is also an exceptional passer. He's very unselfish and tries to make his teammates better."

``I like giving the ball up," said the soft-spoken Pryor.

Pittsburgh won't be giving up on Pryor anytime soon. In fact, Dixon and the Panthers will continue to make it a priority to keep him nearby. Pryor said that the coaching staff and playing time will both be critical in where he ends up.

Since opening things up, he said that Clemson and Indiana have both expressed interest. Although there has been some speculation that Kansas State's Bob Huggins, who is friendly with Pryor's AAU coach, J.O. Stright, will be in the mix, Pryor said he's yet to hear anything from the former Cincinnati coach.

``Pittsburgh's still the frontrunner, but he's looking at other options," added Klimchock.

There will be plenty of options.


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