Dixon after standout 2007 guard

University of Pittsburgh Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon is currently evaluating a number of talented 2007 prospects. It appears one of his primary targets happens to be a high flying guard from the state of Maryland. The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with this prospect.

"I'm very open at this point. Three schools, Maryland, Clemson and Georgia, have offered me a scholarship," stated standout guard Malcom Delaney (6-foot-3 inches, 195 pounds) from Towson Catholic High School in Towson, MD. "Pittsburgh and Indiana seem to have really started recruiting me hard. I like them both and hope they offer soon."

Scout.com ranks Delaney a "four-star" recruit and the 11th ranked point guard in the class of 2007. He averaged 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game last season.

"Coach (Joe) Lombardi was the main guy recruiting me for Pitt. He accepted a head coaching position recently. I think Coach (Jamie) Dixon will continue contact with me. I like the Panthers a lot. In my opinion, the two best conferences in the country are the Big East and ACC. Pitt has been one of the best teams in the Big East. I would love to play for a team like that."

Delaney will take the SAT on June 3rd. He is hoping to visit Pitt shortly after. Malcolm has already taken visits to Wake Forest, Maryland, Virginia and Georgetown. "I want to see what Pitt's program is all about," said Delaney.

When asked about his strengths, he stated, "I have a high basketball IQ and I'm a leader on the court. I like to think I make everyone around me better. I can score and play tough defense as well."

Although Delaney projects as a point guard on the next level, he has primarily played shooting guard throughout high school. Malcolm believes he can make the transition with little difficulty. "I'm not used to playing point guard, but I always try to get all of my teammates involved in the game. It shouldn't be too big an issue making the change. My court vision has always been my strength."

"I want to go to a school that will prepare me for life after basketball. I would love to get to the NBA but you never know if it will work out. I need to feel comfortable with the coaching staff and players."

"Pitt has everything going for it. It's a good team in one of the best conferences. I'm going to give them serious consideration. I think they are close to an offer."

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

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