Uphill battle for the University of Pittsburgh

<b>College Park, MD. --</b> Dante Cunningham, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound combo forward from St. John's in Washington, D.C., was on display this past weekend at the Charlie Weber Invitational held on the campus of the University of Maryland.

Dante Cunningham is from the class of 2005 and has consistently mentioned Pittsburgh as one of his favorite schools. But it appears the Panthers have some work to do if they are to land him.

Cunningham's AAU team, the DC Assault, is considered one of the better programs in the country. Year in and year out, its roster is filled with some of the best talent from the Washington, D.C. area. Cunningham is one of the better players on the team.

Dante recently had an in-home visit from Maryland's Gary Williams. Cunningham told us that the visit went well that "Coach Williams was cool." Dante will follow up that visit with an official visit to the Maryland campus on October 15th.

However Dante did tell us that Maryland has failed to this point to overcome his leaders. "Villanova and UNC Charlotte lead Maryland and Pittsburgh," he told us. Dante has already taken an official visit to UNC Charlotte and is in the process of setting up an official sometime after the Maryland visit to Villanova.

" I really like those two programs the best right now." he said. Cunningham told us that most coaches see him as a power forward right now but want to help convert him to a wing at the next level. "I want to make a final decision in late October before my basketball season starts."

For now, it's an uphill battle for the University of Pittsburgh but there is time remaining for the Panthers to close the gap.

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