Jamie Dixon shouldn't have to find as many transfers next offseason as he did in this recent one. The Panthers signed Justice Kithcart, Corey Manigault and Crisshawn Clark into their Class of 2016 in the early signing period.
Kithcart and Manigault each emerge from the high school ranks and while Clark is a JUCO reruit, he will have three years of eligibility remaining when he arrives at Pitt next season.
"They all have good size for their position and they’re good students at the same time. I’m excited about the group. They all come from winning programs and they’re excited about being at the University of Pittsburgh.”
Manigault is the top-ranked recruit in the class as a 6-foot-8 forward out of Suitland, Md., and still has plenty of room to develop in front of him. He gave a verbal commitment to Pitt back in March and followed through by signing in the fall, spurning offers from Georgetown, Maryland and Xavier among others.
"He has good size for someone who is still growing," Dixon said. "He can play inside and out, has good skills and very strong hands with a soft touch."
Kithcart, a 6-foot-1 guard out of Virginia Episcopal School, is a quick, aggressive guard who's played with some of the nation's top talent. His high school teammate Sacha Killeya-Jones is a top recruit committed to Kentucky and Kithcart played on Team Loaded VA, one of the country's best AAU programs, with which he helped win back-to-back titles at the Adidas Gauntlet Championship in Las Vegas.
"He plays with great intensity while being very unselfish," Dixon said. "He is a driver who can make it to the basket, as well as an attacker who gets to the foul line, and I like those things.”
Clark is a 6-foot-4 guard who earned 2015 NorCal Freshman of the Year honors after he scored 15 points per game at Canada College in Redwood City, Calif., and is originally from Huber Heights, Ohio. He will miss this season with a knee injury but was ranked as one of the top JUCO recruits and had offers from Butler, California and Oregon.
"He’s very versatile," Dixon said, "he can shoot the ball, play point guard and guard as well on defense. He’s a good athlete and very hard worker.”