Hoops Recruiting: Pittman Reschedules Visit

Dexter Pittman - all 6-foot-10, 320 pounds of the Terry High School senior – was scheduled to be in Stillwater last weekend for an official visit. But if you didn't see him – and who wouldn't have noticed Pittman – that's because there's a very good reason. He didn't make it on his official visit to Oklahoma State.

Pittman, the son of former Cowboy post player Johnny Pittman (1989-91), had to cancel his visit at the last minute because he became ill, said Bennett Hatton, his coach at Terry High School in Rosenberg, Texas. Pittman has rescheduled the visit to Stillwater for the weekend (Oct. 28-30) of the OSU-Texas football game.

He already has taken an official visit to Arizona State (where former Cowboy assistant Rob Evans is now the head coach) and Florida State. His final three trips are planned for Oklahoma State, Texas A&M (Nov. 4-6) and Texas (Nov. 11-13).

"Dexter has the best set of hands on any big man that I've ever seen," Hatton said. "He's a strong rebounder and has a tremendous attitude, but where he's been blessed by the good Lord is with such a soft set of hands for a big man."

Pittman averaged nearly 15 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior for a Terry High team that finished 24-7.

What are Pittman's strengths as a player? "His attitude and his passion for the game, and that big ole body. And his great, great hands," Hatton said. "A lot of NBA scouts say his future is real bright if he takes care of business. He's also a great kid - no trouble whatsoever."

And where can he improve his game? "Conditioning and his weight," Hatton said. "I'm sure when he gets to college and gets with a nutrionists and starts lifting regularly some of that weight will come off. If he drops about 30 or 40 pounds and gets down to 280 or 290, he's going to be an All-American."

(Editor's Note: I went ahead and wrote this story without speaking to Pittman because Hatton said Wednesday that due to Hurricane Rita the school is closing for the rest of the week, and citizens are moving inland for more security. I will try to get back in touch with Pittman next week.)

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