No. 18 Falls To The Big East

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – One of the nation's hottest recruits ended his process on Monday. While playing in the Triple S Harley Davidson Shootout on West Virginia's campus, Dante Taylor made his decision.

There's reason to celebrate at Pittsburgh on Monday. Dante Taylor, a 6-foot-8 power forward out of Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian, committed to play for Jamie Dixon's Panthers after considering West Virginia, Memphis, Kansas, Syracuse and Villanova.

"Pitt was there from the beginning when I didn't have a big name," Taylor told Scout.com. The senior averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds a game last season. Ranked No. 18 in the nation by Scout.com, along with DeJaun Blair, is the highest-rated recruit in Dixon's tenure.

"We thought it was the best fit basketball-wise," Trevor Brown, Taylor's coach said. "They need the position, have a couple of guys graduating and he loved their style."

Tough, hard-nosed basketball has defined Pittsburgh under Dixon. He and assistant Tom Herrion sniffed Taylor out early and identified him as the kind of player that would thrive in their system.

"I always saw myself as a Pittsburgh guy," Taylor said.

Last week at the LeBron James Skills Academy, Taylor was one of the top performers. He toed the line with the best in the nation and put himself in contention for one of the coveted spots on the McDonald's All-American team.

Regardless, Taylor feels right at home with his decision. "They say they're looking for me to come in and start right away, maybe even be the Big East freshman of the year."

Just like Blair, it's now Taylor's turn.


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