"PITT is one my top schools"

University of Pittsburgh Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon will be searching for a number of quality 2007 big men. Talented 6-foot-9 inch, 225 pound Matthew Bryan-Amaning holds a Pitt offer and already has the Panthers amongst his top schools. The PantherDigest.com was able to speak with him recently. Read on for his comments.

"I have ten total scholarship offers. I'm looking at Pittsburgh, Washington, Wake Forest, Connecticut, Texas, Duke, Georgetown, Villanova, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech," stated Matthew Bryan-Amaning from South Kent Prep School in South Kent, CT. "Right now, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and Washington are my top three schools. I like them the most."

Bryan-Amaning averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. He has a 7'4" wingspan and he projects as a power forward on the next level.

"I believe that I'm a combination forward. I'm a hybrid between a "3" (small forward) and a "4" (power forward). If I have a smaller player up against me, I can post up and score on them. If I have a larger player I'm up against, I can step back and hit a jumper over them. I cause a lot of match up problems."

Matthew, who originally hails from Surrey, England, happens to be very good friends with 2006 Panther commitment Gilbert Brown. It appears his relationship with Brown, could pay dividens for Pitt in the future. "Gilbert is my boy. He's a good friend and it helps Pittsburgh quite a bit that he's there," said Bryan-Amaning.

The Panthers are close to offering a scholarship to Matthew's teammate Ayodele Coker. Coker, known as "Dele", is a massive 6-foot-10 inch, 245 pound center prospect. Bryan-Amaning indicated that he and Coker could be a package deal.

"We have talked about it. It seems like most schools seem to group us together. It would be great to play with Dele in college."

"I don't plan on making a decision until the fall. I have been to Pittsburgh and I have seen their facilities. It's a really nice school with a lot to offer. Coach (Barry) Rohrssen was mainly recruiting me, but I have gotten to know Coach Dixon more through the process. He's a great guy and I think he would be great to play for."

"I know the Panthers will take a larger class in 2007 and there should be plenty of playing time there. I want to take my time and but they look like a great option for me. I could see myself in a Panther uniform."

Recruiting Note: Bryan-Amaning indicated that Pitt is taking a long and hard look at outstanding 2008 South Kent Prep School prospect Christian Morris (6-foot-9 inch, 270 pounds). Morris, known as "The Beast", is primarily considered a center prospect.

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

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