Pitt announced Friday that it had signed two prospects to national letters of intent--Steven Adams (Rotorua, New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep, Mass.) and James Robinson (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.)The NCAA Division I fall men's basketball signing period began Wednesday, Nov. 9 and concludes on Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Currently, Pitt's 2011-12 class--despite just having two prospects--is ranked No. 11 and third in the Big East. Both Adams and Robinson are ranked in the Scout 100; Adams that nation's No. 7 overall prospect, and Robinson at No. 93.
"We are extremely excited about Steven and James," Dixon said. "Both are good players from winning backgrounds and both have outstanding work ethic."
Adams is a 7-foot, 240-pound center from New Zealand who has been rated as a consensus national top-10 recruit. This summer he led the adidas Nations Tournament in both scoring (22 ppg.) and rebounding (16.8 rpg.). His performance at the tournament, which features the top high school players from around the world, included a 37-point, 14-rebound outing vs. Team USA. A New Zealand National Team player, Adams competed this summer for the Wellington Exodus Saints and helped lead the squad to the National Basketball League title. He has also guided his club team in Wellington to two national titles at the Under-19 and Under-17 age groups. Following secondary school graduation from Scots College Prep (Wellington, N.Z.) in December, Adams will enroll and play at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass.
Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound point guard, enters his senior basketball season at renowned DeMatha Catholic High School. As a three-year varsity player, he has guided the program to 90 wins, three conference titles, three city titles and the 2011 Alhambra Catholic Tournament championship. A Washington Post Second Team All-MET selection in 2010-11, Robinson averaged 10.1 points in guiding the Stags to a national top-20 ranking, a 29-7 record and league and city titles as a junior. He also guided his AAU team, Team Takeover, to the Nike Peach Jam/AAU national title after scoring 24 points in the championship game. DeMatha is expected to be ranked among the nation's top-25 preseason teams in 2011-12.