Perspective on Darrell Dodson

University of Pittsburgh Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon recently landed his first verbal commitment for the class of 2007. Darnell Dodson (6-foot-6 inches, 210 pounds) from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD chose the Panthers over a number of Big East schools. The PantherDigest.com spoke with a pair of individuals that provided great perspective on the newest Pitt Panther.

The University of Pittsburgh received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-6 ½ inch wing forward Darnell Dodson from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. To gain better perspective of Dodson, the PantherDigest.com spoke with Eleanor Roosevelt High School Head Basketball Coach Glenn Farello and Ron Bailey, publisher of i95ballerz.com. Coach Farello's program has produced more than 25 Division I basketball players over the years.

"Darnell visited the Panthers on July 23rd during the Elite Camp in Pittsburgh," stated Coach Glenn Farello. "He was able to spent some time there, see the facilities and meet the coaches. We knew he would commit to Pitt when he came back. He really liked what he saw."

"Coach (Jamie) Dixon told me that Darnell was the exact type of wing they were looking for. They wanted a wing that was skilled on the perimeter and they wanted a scorer. Darnell is both of those."

Dotson (6-foot-6 inches, 210 pounds) chose the Panthers over offers from DePaul, Rutgers, Providence, George Mason, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Maryland. Coach Farello indicated that Georgetown and Florida were heavily involved as well. Scout.com rates Darnell a "three-star" player.

"Darnell is a lanky 6-foot-7 inch forward with great perimeter skills. He's not the greatest athlete but he's versatile and he can play the "1" (point guard), "2" (shooting guard), "3" (small forward) and "4" (power forward). He simply does it all."

"He's the best pure shooter I have ever coached. I coached Delonte West (Boston Celtics) and he's further along at this point. Darnell is a great rebounder and passer as well. Darnell reminds of Delonte in that he's not considered as highly as some other recruits out there now. This guy has as high a ceiling as any top 100 player."

"The one word that best describes Darnell is scorer," said Farello. "He can light it up from the perimeter. Darnell has a great mid-range game. He's truly a smooth basketball player. You never see him frazzled and he plays at an even pace."

Dodson emerged as one of Maryland's top players as a junior. He averaged 15.6 points, 8 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.8 assists per game. Darnell led Eleanor Roosevelt (25-2) to the Maryland Class 4A championship game. He shot 43 percent from 3-point range.

"Darnell is about 6-6 ½ inches tall and 210 pounds. He's a multi-skilled scorer. He progressed from a pure scorer to an all-around basketball player as a junior," stated Ron Bailey, publisher of i95ballerz.com. "He's a forward with size. He can play the "3" but I have seen him play some at the "2" and "4"."

"Darnell is a laid back kid. Nothing seems to affect him. He's a good kid from a good family."

When asked to discuss Darnell's strengths, he stated, "Darnell's strength is his scoring ability. He was primarily a scorer until his junior year. He started to expand his skills and he improved his passing and post game. I notice that he started to attack the rim a lot more. He's become a better all around basketball player and he's still improving."

Darnell Dotson is a member the AAU D.C. Assault. Coach (Jamie) Dixon and his revamped coaching staff are in hot pursuit of his AAU teammates Anthony McClain and Julian Vaughn. The 7-0 245 pound McClain is considered one of the top centers in the nation. Panthers' assistant coach Matt Rice was primarily responsible for recruiting Dodson.

"Darnell is a decent defender. He's willing to defend he's improving. His length makes him a key man on presses."

For Ron Bailey's story on Darnell Dodson's commitment to Pitt, Click Here.

"The Panthers landed themselves a good player with tremendous potential."

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


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