Big Man Makes The Final Cut

The University of Pittsburgh basketball program has made the final cut for Brooklyn born center/power forward Vernon Goodridge of Philadelphia's Lutheran Christian Academy. Goodridge narrowed his list of schools down, according to head coach Darryl Schofield.

Goodridge, a 6-foot-9 big man who had some bright moments in the July evaluation period, was previously considering Mississippi State, Illinois, Florida State, Connecticut and Seton Hall at one time in his recruiting process. The Pirates of Seton Hall were eliminated after receiving a verbal commitment from previous Pittsburgh target John Garcia, a 6-foot-9 center/power forward from Brentwood High School in New York.

"Vernon has narrowed it down to Pittsburgh and Georgetown," Schofield said. "Right now we want to get him ready here for school and make sure he gets off to a good start. That's our first priority."

Schofield then added: "Once he is set with school and gets off to a good start, then he will think about taking some visits. Right now he doesn't have any visits set up."

Schofield said he thought the month of October could be a good time to line up some official visits. "I don't know when," he said. "But he could visit Pittsburgh and Georgetown in October."

There's also another issue regarding Goodridge. If he has a great season, it's likely he will receive some interest from the NBA. "He could look at it next year," Schofield said. "Some things have to happen like having a good year."

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