Echenique Visits Pitt

The Pitt men's basketball team didn't just pick up a win in the regular-season finale against DePaul Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center, it also impressed a key recruit for the future.

Greg Echenique, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound center from St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., visited the Pittsburgh campus this weekend and attended the game against DePaul.

Echenique, who is 37th in the latest 2009 rankings, has had college coaches visiting St. Benedict's Prep to show their interest. Among the scholarship offers that Echenique has picked up are from Duke, Memphis, Maryland, Rutgers, Miami and Penn. Pitt has not yet offered a scholarship, but the Panthers have shown interest in him from the outset.

"I have a lot of offers,'' Echenique said. "Sometimes, it's a little too much and it gets annoying, but overall it's going good. I don't know where I'm going next, but I'm going to try to make it to a basketball game somewhere.

"I'm still trying to figure out this whole recruiting thing. That's why I want to take as many visits as possible. I'm just going to try to see as many schools as I can after our season is over.''

While the majority of the top basketball prospects will play AAU ball this summer, Echenique is set to play for his Venezuelan national team.

Frank Ben-eze, a 2008 recruit from Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Va., reportedly was also going to visit Pitt this weekend, but the 6-11 center from Nigeria did not make the trip.

Amazingly, Ben-eze committed to Harvard despite offers from Marquette, Virginia and West Virginia. However, he de-committed and has re-opened his recruitment. He has since de-committed and is now wide open.

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