Pitt's Next Big Man?

The University of Pittsburgh basketball program will need to add a slew of big men to their roster after the departure of center Aaron Gray and power forward Levon Kendall. It appears that Pitt Assistant Basketball Coach Orlando Antigua is in hot pursuit of a massive center from New Jersey. Read on for details

Pitt's next big man?

With two-thirds of there starting front-court graduating after this season, it's no secret that Jamie Dixon and his staff are pursing a number of quality big men. Well it looks as though they might have found a future replacement for center Aaron Gray.

"Right now my number one school is definitely Pitt," said Franklin (NJ) center Hamidu Rahman).

As a junior, Rahman averaged 14 points and 12 rebounds a game. Thus far, Rahman has received the most interest from Big East schools having received offers from St. Johns, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Marquette and South Florida. But the rising star recently picked up a new offer from a big-time program, "I just got an offer from Oklahoma."

The 6-foot-11, 260 lb. center plans on starting his official visits in September and here's some good news for Pitt fans. "I will be making an official visit to Pitt in mid-September. But I haven't decided yet on any other schools that I'd like to go see." Rahman did say that aside from Pitt, the school that interests him the most is Oklahoma.

Orlando Antigua is the Panther coach currently recruiting Rahman. When asked what interests him the most about Pitt, without hesitation Rahman stated, "It's a big man's school and a big man's conference." He realizes the potential openings on Pitt's front court and is eager to show what he can do early, "I like to think that whatever school I go to, I'll be able to contribute as a freshman."

As far as making a final decision, "I'd like to decide on a school in the fall, and I'll probably do it right after I make a visit."

Recruiting Note: The Panthers continue to pursue a number of quality center prospect including Anthony McClain (7-foot, 225 pounds) from National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, MD, Aaron Pogue (6-foot-9 inches, 285 pounds) from Dunbar High School in Dayton, OH, Dele Coker (6-foot-10 inches, 270 pounds) from South Kent School in South Kent, CT and Gary McGhee (6-foot- 9 ½ inches, 260 pounds) from Anderson Highlands High School in Anderson, IN.

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