Terelle Pryor - PITT IS IT

The University of Pittsburgh has one of the top basketball programs in the nation. It appears the Panthers dominance in the Big East Conference will be sustained into the future with the commitment of super sophomore Terrelle Pryor.

The University of Pittsburgh defeated Marquette by the score of 77-71 to improve their record to 17-1 (6-1 in the Big East). Although it was a hard fought victory, it's safe to say that Head Coach Jamie Dixon won a larger battle off the court. He won a recruiting battle for one of the top sophomore stars in the nation.

"I attended the Panthers game today against Marquette. I sat there during the game are realized that Pitt is where I wanted to be. After the game was over, I walked over to Coach Dixon to tell him I wanted to be a Panther," stated super sophomore Terrelle Pryor (6-ft-6 inches, 215 pounds) from Jeannette High School in Jeannette, PA.

Scout.com ranks Pryor the 8th best sophomore in the nation. He is considered a "five star" player and the top small forward in the class of 2008. He chose the Panthers over a myriad of scholarship offers.

"I have dreamed about playing for the Panthers. It's my hometown team and I really like the coaches. The coaches made my decision an easy one," he said. "My father is handicapped and it's important to me that he and my family see me play. That won't be an issue at Pitt."

Pryor is a solid student with a 3.0 grade point average. He is currently averaging 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals a game. Terrelle stated that North Carolina State, West Virginia, Penn State, Michigan, Xavier, Virginia Tech and Villanova have been in close contact.

Terrelle has been a standout for the AAU Pittsburgh JOTS. He played alongside Panther commitment and standout 2007 power forward Herb Pope (6-ft-8 inches, 230 pounds) from Aliquippa High School and Schenley High School blue-chippers DeJuan Blair (6-ft-8 inches, 250 pounds) and D.J. Kennedy (6-ft-6 inches, 190 pounds).

When asked if he would like to bring his AAU teammates with him to Pitt, he stated, "Herb is coming to Pitt. I would like to see DeJaun and D.J. come with us. We have talked about all of us playing for the Panthers and taking them to a national championship."

"This was my decision. I'm close with my AAU teammates, but they had little to do with my final decision. I felt most comfortable at Pitt. I have always wanted to play there and the coaching staff is great."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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