Pitt Basketball: Aaron Pogue Update

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. Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon and staff will soon host a massive big man from the state of Ohio. Read on for details.

The University of Pittsburgh has added three exceptional basketball players to their 2007 recruiting class: Darnell Dodson (6-foot-7 inches, 210 pounds) from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD, Bradley Wanamaker (6-foot-4 inches, 200 pounds) from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA and Gary McGhee (6-foot-9 ½ inches, 245 pounds) from Highland Senior High School in Anderson, IN. With two remaining scholarship in hand, Head Coach Jamie Dixon continues to look for big men. Mammoth Aaron Pogue (6-foot-9 inches, 290 pounds) from Dunbar High School in Dayton, OH appears to be a viable option.

Pogue will visit the University of Pittsburgh on September 22nd. The PantherDigest.com spoke with Dunbar High School Head Basketball Head Coach Peter Pullen to gain perspective on big Aaron.

"Aaron is 6-foot-9 inches tall and somewhere between 285 to 290 pounds," stated Coach Pullen. "He's obviously a big player but he can move. He's athletic for his size. I believe he's play the "4" (power forward) in college."

Scout.com ranks Pogue a three-star prospect. Aaron, along with his blue-chip teammate Daequan Cook, led Dunbar High School to the Division 2 State Championship game as a junior. He scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the championship game.

Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami (OH) and Morehead State have been heavily recruiting Pogue. Aaron recently told the PantherDigest.com that Michigan State, Dayton and Illinois were starting to increase contact with him.

"Aaron will visit the Panthers on September 22nd. He's going to go there with one of our assistant coaches."

When asked to describe his strengths, he stated, "Aaron runs the floor very well for his size. His primary strengths are rebounding and his exceptional hands. You can throw anything at him and he'll catch it. He sees the floor very well and he's an exceptional passer."

"Aaron is starting to improve his shooting. He's working on his shot from 15 to 17-feet out."

"What Aaron gives you are the intangibles. He simply plays with a lot of heart. Aaron led our team in changes. He dives after every loose ball. He's a player that gives you everything he has on the floor."

Aaron averaged 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds per game as a junior. Panthers' Assistant Orlando Antigua has been his primary contact.

"I don't know when Aaron will make his final decision, but he's very high on the Panthers."

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

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