Dixon offers massive 2007 center

The Pitt basketball program will absolutely need an infusion of talent at the Center position in 2007-2008 and that's regardless of whether Aaron Gray comes back for his senior season next year. With no true center in Pitt's incoming freshmen class, Head Coach Jamie Dixon has his eye on a talented player from Franklin High School in New Jersey.

Hamidu Rahman had recently discussed his interest in the Pitt Panther basketball program with Panther Digest. Since then, the Panthers have had a chance to show their interest in Rahman.

"Pitt offered me," Rahman said in a current telephone interview. "They are one of my favorites. Top five."

When asked who else was in his top group the talented center, who is currently ranked as the #25 center on Scout.com, offered Georgetown, Connecticut, Syracuse and Villanova. He also indicated that he is getting mail from other schools as well, including new Big East member Louisville.

Considering Rahman has five Big East schools in his top, his reason for having the Panthers as one of favorites came as no surprise.

"They are in the Big East," said Rahman. "Big men go to the Big East; they are known for that."

Now that Pitt has offered him, Rahman was asked if he has been to the University of Pittsburgh's campus and what he thinks of the school.

"We (his AAU team) had a tournament there four weeks ago," Rahman said. "It's a nice school and a good environment."

Rahman also looks at Pitt's urban campus as another benefit. Of his current top five, Georgetown is the only other program that is located in an urban environment.

Considering Pitt will have both of its centers on the roster graduating after next season (if Aaron Gray even comes back) the 6"11' center might be the answer to their impending vacancy at the center position after next year. As a junior at Franklin High School, Rahman averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds a game. When asked about what his strength in his game was, Rahman did not hesitate in answering.

"Rebounding…rebounding."

Orlando Antigua is the Panther coach currently recruiting Rahman. When asked if Rahman had any interaction with Jamie Dixon, he did say that the Panther's head coach had been at a recent open practice to watch him.

"He said I was getting better with my conditioning, and rebounding, and scoring."

If Pitt is lucky enough, Rahman will continue to get better with his game someday as a Pitt Panther.


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