University of Pittsburgh Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon and his revamped coaching staff will be very busy in the month of September. A plethora of upper echelon basketball players will be visiting Pitt. Sharp shooting forward Darnell Dodson (6-foot-6 inches, 200 pounds) from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD has already verbally committed to the Panthers. The coaching staff has four additional scholarships to give. It appears one of them could go to a hard-nosed guard from Philadelphia, PA.
Combo guard Bradley Wannamaker (6-foot-3 ½ inches, 200 pounds) from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA is set to visit Pitt the weekend of September 9th. He has narrowed his list to five schools Pitt (9/9), Dayton (9/16), Temple (9/22), George Washington (10/6) and Virginia Tech (9/29). Rutgers is deep in the mix as well. Pitt, Penn State, Virginia Tech, LaSalle, Rutgers, Dayton, Temple, George Washington and Richmond have extended scholarship offers.
"Bradley is looking forward to his visit to Pittsburgh," stated Roman Catholic High School Head Basketball Coach Dennis Seddon. "The Panthers were after Bradley prior to Coach (Mike) Rice arriving at Pitt, but things intensified after he was hired there."
"Bradely is a very tough and physical player. He's more of a slasher than a pure scorer. He's not shy about going strong to the basket," said Seddon. "I think he could play the "1" (point guard) but he's going to end up at the "2" (shooting guard) in college."
"Pittsburgh is known for their tough, physical style of play, especially on defense. We emphasize the same type of play on our team. I think Bradley would fit perfectly into Coach Dixon's system."
Wannamaker led the Eagles to a 26-6 record as a junior. He averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Bradley had an active summer on the AAU circuit. He played in the Reebok Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas and ABCD Camp in New Jersey.
"Bradley's going to visit his top five schools and make a decision shortly after," stated Roman Catholic High School Assistant Coach Rasool Gresham. "He's looking for two things: playing time and comfort level with the coaching staff."
"I don't want to say Bradley has a favorite school at this time. I believe he's open until he makes his visits."
When ask to provide perspective on Wannamaker, Coach Gresham stated, "Bradley is 6-foot-4 inches tall, 200 pounds and very tough. He's as tough as they come. People have compared him with Mitch Richmond."
"Bradley has a quick first step and he basically unstoppable going to the basket. He's athletic enough to guard a point guard and strong enough to cover a larger forward. I have seen him cover guys that are two to three inches taller than him. Pittsburgh plays tough, physical defense and that's exactly what he does as well."
"I like Coach (Mike) Rice and I'm comfortable with him," stated Wannamaker. "I have been to Pittsburgh's campus before but I'm looking forward to visiting."
"I'm looking for playing time and my relationship with the coaching staff," he said. "Once I'm done with my visits, I'll sit down with my coaches and father and make a decision."
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