Pitt a co-leader for Indiana rebounding king

The University of Pittsburgh is in the process of amassing a top basketball recruiting class. Head Coach Jamie Dixon and his revamped coaching staff will be hosting a number of quality big men in the month of September. One of them happens to be the state of Indiana's rebounding leader. Read on for details.

The University of Pittsburgh will be hosting massive center Gary McGhee (6-foot-10 inches, 250 pounds) from Anderson Highlands High School in Anderson, IN. He's set to visit the weekend of September 2nd.

The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with Anderson Highlands High School Head Basketball Coach Phil Spoljaric to gain perspective on McGhee.

"Gary is roughly 6-foot-10 inches tall and 245 pounds. He led the state of Indiana in rebounding last year with 13.1 a game," stated Spoljaric. "Gary is your typical big man. He's a little more advanced with the defensive part of his game but his offense is improving. Gary led our team with 16.3 points per game."

Coach Spoljaric indicated that McGhee is primily looking at two schools: Pitt and Wisconsin. Indiana was heavily involved up to a few weeks ago but they are currently "out of the picture".

McGhee was the starting center for the AAU Team SYF Players. He had an outstanding summer and a number of upper echelon programs took notice. His traveling team landed several tiles over the summer including the Super Showcase in Orlando, FL and the Nike Memorial Day Classic.

"Gary played well over the summer and he's entering his senior year with a lot of momentum. There were plenty of schools interested but Pittsburgh was one of the top schools to standout," said Spoljaric. "I couldn't tell you his primary recruiter. He's heard from every member of the coaching staff. The have done a great job recruiting him and they have done it the proper way. We're appreciative of their efforts."

When asked about McGhee's strengths, he stated, "He's a great, great rebounder. For a big man, he has a solid mid-range shot. Gary is a big player and he's only going to grow stronger as he matures. He has a great head on his shoulders and he's athletic for his size."

"The sky is the limit for his potential. He's a mature young man that continues to grow. His upside is tremendous. I believe he has a chance to make it big with a bit time program."

"I was supposed to visit Pittsburgh the last weekend of August, but it was moved to the week after. The coaches wanted me to be on campus when there were students," stated Gary McGhee.

"I'm excited about the visit to Pittsburgh. They really started to get involved with me after the Super Showcase in Orlando, FL. I'm mostly being recruited by Coach (Jamie) Dixon and Coach "O" (Orlando Antigua). They told me they need "bigs" and I'm a priority recruit."

McGhee has narrowed his choices to Pitt and Wisconsin. He previously visited the Badgers on an unofficial visit. Gary stated he has no further plans to return to Wisconsin on an official visit. "I'll visit Pittsburgh on an official visit and make my final decision on September 5th. It's the day after labor day."

"The Panthers play in the best conference in the country and I have seen what they have done with their big men. Aaron Gray wasn't highly recruited but he's one of the best centers in the country."

Gary believes he can contribute as a freshman. "I'm strong down low and I can rebound. I consider myself a tough defender and I can shut down a "3" (small forward), "4" (power forward) and "5" (center)". I believe I could step in and help a team like the Panthers."

Pitt Basketball Recruiting Note: The PantherDigest.com recently reported on blue-chip guard Bradley Wannamaker from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA. Wannamaker was set to visit the Panthers the weekend of September 9th. After a brief conversation with Bradley's mother, it appears he is currently visiting the University of Pittsburgh. The PantherDigest.com will attempt to reach him for comments upon completion of his visit.

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

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