Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 5/29/14
The Pitt Panthers do not have a lot of height on the roster for next season. They will feature a more athletic crop of players that can stretch the floor and get back on defense quickly. Sophomores and Michael Young and Jamel Artis will log major minutes for the Panthers next season. They will be joined by Senior Derrick Randle, and two freshmen Shaquille Doorson and Tyrone Haughton. The five forwards will platoon the fill the power forward and center positions. Doorson and Haughton are listed as centers on the roster, however Doorson, at 6’11, is the only true center on the roster. Haughton is a generous 6’9 and is a potential redshirt. It is not plausible to expect a freshman to start right away, although the Panthers may not have any other options. Doorson is the number one recruit in coach Jamie Dixon’s recruiting class and will get playing time right away. Dixon is not one to shy away from starting freshmen, but until Doorson can prove himself he will receive minutes off of the bench. One option for Dixon though is to start Doorson for purposes of the jump ball and then sub him out after a few possesions. The ideal starters to fill the four and five spots in the lineup are Jamel Artis and Michael Young. Young started almost every game last season and really came into his own towards the end of the season. An excerpt from a review of Michael Young published on May 1: “The freshman forward was a nice addition to the Pitt basketball team this past season. At 6-foot-8, he possesses a fairly lethal outside jumper that compliments his inside game. He was fairly effective on the defensive side of the ball as well, helping stabilize the inside of the Panthers’ zone.” Jamel Artis has a similar playing style as Michael Young and both will be valuable to the Panthers next season. Artis and Young are 6’7 and 6’8 respectively. Neither height bodes well for the Panthers if they face a team with exceptional height. Derrick Randle is the real catalyst of this team. The senior big man transferred into the program from Rutgers in 2013 after the infamous Mike Rice saga. Randle showed great potential at times, but too often was his play too poor to warrant considering him as a potential starter. He is 6’9 and perfectly capable of playing center, but too often did his lack of effort on the court translate to rather flat play. If Randle grows and matures over the summer he could play a large role for this Pitt Panthers basketball team. Ideally the Panthers starting lineup next season will be one of the more athletic ones that Jamie Dixon has ever deployed. It will be a long ways away from the days of an offense that is focused around two dominant big men (the Aaron Grey and Levon Kendall era). Even if Doorson is able to earn himself a spot in the starting lineup, he is one of the more athletic big men out there and there will not be a drop off in speed in the lineup. Regardless the Panthers will have a smaller lineup for parts of next season, and as long as there shooters preform adequately this will not be a problem. The post Pitt Panthers basketball: Previewing the big men appeared first on isportsweb.
PLAYERS: Michael YoungLevon Kendall
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dion Lewis signed extension to repay Patriots for giving him chance

Report: South Carolina to start Perry Orth at QB vs. LSU

Mark Giordano: Flames’ effort in opener was 'unacceptable'

LeBron James says he’s in same class as Michael Jordan

Report: Some Texans players have already 'checked out' on coaches

WATCH: Washington scores against USC with trick play


Andre Johnson, Colts down Texans in key division win

Claude Julien: Illegal hit on Patrice Bergeron warrants ‘further consequences’

Foster’s return to game after head injury raises questions

Lions owner Martha Ford is not happy with NFL about blown call on MNF

New details on Duke Williams dismissal

Baylor’s RG3 statue vandalized by TCU fans

Name every QB to play in the NFL at the age of 40

Matt Hasselbeck was ‘on his death bed’ before Texans game

WATCH: Jets' Burmistrov lays dirty hit on Bruins' Bergeron

Report: Cowboys ban filming offense in practice with Patriots next on schedule

Maryland HC Randy Edsall responds on Twitter to firing reports

Pacquiao says he is in talks with Mayweather about rematch

Wisconsin looks to bounce back against Nebraska

Jack Del Rio: Raiders will go after Peyton Manning, want to ‘take him down’

Charles Barkley will guest star on 'The NFL Today'

Week 5 NFL power rankings

Poor Royals grounds crew member gets eaten by tarp

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason; will return in 2016

Colin Kaepernick’s contract structure protects team from overpaying struggling QB

Panthers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Name every QB to play in the NFL at the age of 40

Week 5 NFL power rankings

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason

Putin celebrates birthday by scoring seven goals in hockey game

"Friday Night Lights" writer calls Chip Kelly a fraud

Women in sports this week: Is this 2015 or 1965?

Three reasons each AL team can win the pennant

Garrett addresses Hardy's comments about Gisele

Five outrageous predictions for NFL Week 5

Rex makes players do push-ups in practice after penalty calls

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker