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Top ’12 recruiting classes have Pitt flavor


Here’s a neat stat for the top basketball recruiting classes of 2012.

According to ESPNU’s team rankings for the Class of ’12, the top four basketball recruiting classes all have a distinct Pitt flavor.

They are coached by, in order, a former Pitt player (and assistant), a former Pitt assistant, a former Pitt head coach and the current Pitt head coach.

Can you guess them? The former assistant coach is a tough one (it’s not the one who quickly comes to mind).

Here are the former/present Panthers who are leading the recruiting trail for next season.  

Arizona, coached by Sean Miller, is No. 1.

Indiana, led by former Panther assistant Tom Crean, has the second-ranked class.

Ben Howland-coached UCLA is No. 3.

Pitt, with 7-foot New Zealander Steven Adams and DeMatha point guard James Robinson, is the No. 4-ranked class.

Crean coached at Pitt in 1994-95 under Ralph Willard before leaving to join Tom Izzo’s staff at Michigan State. The other former Pitt assistant who usually has a top class, Kentucky’s John Calipari, isn’t ranked in the top 25 for ’12.

Rounding out the top 10 are Providence, Baylor, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan State and Villanova.



  1. MK says:

    Hail To Pitt

  2. SterlingCooperDraperPrice says:

    Pitt basketball, making Pitt football look bad since 2003.

  3. aglebagel says:

    Wow, Providence and Baylor in the top 10…

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