Antigua scouts Florida big man

The University of Pittsburgh basketball program has been actively recruiting a number of quality big men. It appears the coaching staff has expressed heightened interest in one of the final blue-chip centers in the class of 2006. Will Orlando Antigua "seal the deal" with this 6-foot-10 inch big man? Read on.

"I spoke with Coach (Orlando) Antigua yesterday on the phone. Pittsburgh appears to have very strong interest in Luis," stated Dr. Krop High School (Miami, FL) Head Basketball Coach Marcos "Shaky" Rodriguez. Coach Rodriguez was referring to his star center Luis Colon (6-foot-10 inches, 260 pounds).

Colon averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks this season. Dr. Krop High School finished with an outstanding 29-4 record.

"Luis is actually in Pittsburgh as we speak. He's currently visiting Duquesne University. He will visit Kansas State after the visit with Duquesne," said Rodriguez. "There is a bit of a connection with Kansas State. One of my former assistants, Frank Martin, is currently an assistant with Kansas State. I'm not saying they're a lock for Luis, but there is a connection there."

Colon recently attended the Kingwood Classic in Houston, TX. He was the starting center for his AAU team the Miami Tropics. A plethora of scouts were attracted to his AAU team due to the presence his teammate, All-American standout O.J. Mayo. Scouts were pleasantly surprised to see Luis improve throughout the tournament and register several strong performances.

"The Kingwood Classic was big for him," said Rodriguez. "He had two twenty point games and one game with thirteen rebounds. The phone started to ring off the hook when he returned."

Pitt, Connecticut, Purdue and Massachusetts have started to intensify their recruitment of Colon. Coach Rodriguez described his as "open". Luis recently took the ACT and they are anxiously awaiting his score.

The Panthers recently lost 2006 center Hamady N'Diaye to Rutgers and small forward Tyler Smith to Iowa. Both losses can be directly attributed to the loss of assistants Barry "Slice" Rohrssen and Joe Lombardi. Colon and point guard Eugene Harvey (5-foot-11 inches, 160 pounds) from St. Benedict Prep in Newark, NJ appear to be the last viable 2006 prospects. There is a strong possibility Coach Dixon and staff will save their final 2006 scholarship due to the overabundance of quality big men in the class of 2007.

"Pittsburgh hasn't set up a visit with Luis yet, but I could see it happening in the near future."

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


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