Panthers Eye Guillandeaux

The University of Pittsburgh added a pair of outstanding basketball prospects during the early 2006 signing period. Shooting guard Gilbert Brown (6 foot 6 inches, 190 pounds) from South Kent Prep School in South Kent, Conn. and power forward/center Austin Wallace (6 foot 9 inches, 225 pounds) from La Salle Academy in New York, N.Y. are expected to make an immediate impact next season.

With one scholarship remaining, it appears that Head Coach Jamie Dixon and staff are taking a close look at one of the top remaining shooting guards in the nation. Ruben Guillandeaux (6 foot 5 ½ inches, 180 pounds) from St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, NJ has recently seen his recruitment grow exponentially. The Panthers are amongst the schools starting to move in on this athletic prospect.

"I have visited some great schools, but I wasn't ready to commit," stated Guillandeaux. "I figured I would wait until the late signing period and more schools would get involved with me. It looks like I was right." ranks Guillandeaux as a three-star prospect. He is originally from the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, NY. Ruben is currently averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds per game. He has visited USC, Seton Hall and La Salle.

"Coach Slice (Associate Head Basketball Coach Barry Rohrssen) called my house and we talked about Pitt and the Big East. The Panthers have been one of the top teams in the Big East. They are still getting better and they have a young team. I would be very interested in them if they offer me a scholarship."

Providence, USC, Rhode Island, Seton Hall, Boston College and Marquette have extended Ruben scholarship offers.

When asked about his strengths, he quickly replied, "Schools are starting to recruit me as a point guard. I'm 6-foot-6 inches tall and I handle the ball very well. People tell me I have great court vision. I'm long and run the floor well. My shooting is improving as well. I can put points on the board."

"I'm interested in Pitt. Hopefully I can visit there and see what the school and program is like."

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