Pittman Looks at Junior Season, Recruiting

6'7" forward Elijah Pittman (2010) is part of a tandem that looks to win the Kentucky state championship. Along with his teammate and fellow junior Ricardo Johnson, the 205 pound standout has his eyes on "bringing the state championship home" to Holmes. Last year, Covington Holmes High School reached the title game before losing 57-48 to UK signee Darius Miller and the Mason County Royals.

6'7" forward Elijah Pittman (2010) is part of a tandem that looks to win the Kentucky state championship. Along with his teammate and fellow junior Ricardo Johnson, the 205 pound standout has his eyes on "bringing the state championship home" to Holmes. Last year, Covington Holmes High School reached the title game before losing 57-48 to UK signee Darius Miller and the Mason County Royals. Kentucky does not have a class system and thus crowns only one state champion.

Pittman told RedHawk Insider what he believes are the keys to a state title: "We just got to come out and play. We think we are going to be good, but we cannot get hyped up about what people say about (Johnson and me). We have got to show teamwork."

But before a state title can be achieved, there are very important regular season games. One such game is a big battle with Scott County. On Sunday night, December 14, 2008 at 6:30pm, #2 ranked Holmes takes on #1 ranked Scott County High School from Georgetown in the final game of the Bluegrass Buckeye Charity Classic at Northern Kentucky University. Scott County future college players include Richie Phares, Ge'Lawn Guyn, Dakota Euton (UK verbal), and Chad Jackson. Pittman is likely on the money when he says, "It will be a good game."

Pittman states his game resembles that of former Chicago Bull star Scottie Pippen. "I good at shooting and driving," said Pittman. "I have a good three point shot and am a good free throw shooter."

Pittman is working on not "falling asleep on defense." He also wants to improve his already strong ability to drive the lane, shoot jump shots, and screening.

Next summer, Pittman plans to stay with the Kentucky Players AAU squad.

Pittman gave a list of some of the schools that are already showing interest. They include the Miami RedHawks who have also shown interest in teammate Johnson. Beside Miami, Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio, West Virginia, Georgetown, Morehead State, Kentucky, Tennessee, and St. Bonaventure have all made inquiries. At this point, he does not have a scholarship offer.

Pittman has taken visits to Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Xavier. Pittman described his visits as follows:

Kentucky: "It is pretty nice; a lot of competition at the Elite Camp. I was supposed to go back there for Midnight Madness but I had to babysit."

Cincinnati: "It is big. I like how they run their basketball program."

Xavier: "Good basketball program. It is a smart school."

In college, Pittman wishes to major in business. Pittman said, "I want to own my own business or work in business."

Academically, Pittman has a 3.0 GPA. He has taken the ACT and is waiting on his results.

Personally, Pittman described himself as a good person who likes school and work. Pittman stated he practices hard.

Pittman is also active in his community. Pittman stated, "I like helping others through my church."

Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider as we will continue to follow Pittman's junior season and recruitment.


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