The next Aaron Gray?

With a year of eligibility left, massive center Aaron Gray's time with Pitt's basketball program is dwindling. Head Coach Jamie Dixon is looking for an adequate replacement. A massive 2007 center has expressed interest in filling Gray's shoes.

"It's early but there are certain schools that just stand out. I like Connecticut, Pitt, Louisville, Georgetown, Syracuse and St. John's," stated burly center prospect Hamidu Rahman (6-ft-11 inches, 275 pounds) from Franklin High School in Somerset, N.J.

Rahman is currently averaging 12 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocked shots a game. rakes him a "three-star" center prospect.

"I want to go to a school that has a tradition with big men. I feel like I can be a force if I'm fed the ball enough. The schools in the Big East seem to have a good understanding of that."

What does he think of the Pitt Panthers? "Pitt has been a consistent winning program and they play in the Big East. I like what they have done with their big center (Aaron Gray). He should be ready to graduate. I would consider looking to see if they have an opening at center once he leaves."

Rahman made a name for himself over the summer with the New Jersey All-Stars at the Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina and the AAU Super Showcase/AAU Nationals in Florida. South Florida, Seton Hall, Rutgers and St. John's have been the first school to express a deep interest in Hamidu.

"I think I bring size, rebounds, blocked shots and some offense in the paint. Teams have a hard time dealing with my size. You need big men to succeed in the Big East. I think I have what it takes to do well in that conference."

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