by Cardiac Hill
Posted: 6/16/2013 8:46:57 PM
Pitt got some good news on Sunday when ZagsBlog reported that Derrick Randall will be transferring from Rutgers to the Panthers. Randall is a 6'8" forward that should help the Panthers' frontcourt situation - even if only for the sake of depth. He will have two years of eligibility left.
Randall initially chose Rutgers over other offers including those from St. John's, Providence, DePaul, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, South Carolina, and St. Joe's. He requested his release back in May and visited Pitt recently and decided to commit.. He picked the Panthers over Minnesota and Iona.
Let's not go overboard here. Randall was a pretty modest three-star recruit that played sparingly for a bad Big East team last season. And he actually got fewer minutes last year than he did in 2011-12. But he's positive he can do more at Pitt and thinks he didn't get to show what he could do at Rutgers:
"I am ready to prove myself as a player and show people that I can play. I want to make an impact somewhere and earn a significant role. I did not get to show what I am capable of in my first two years."
This isn't a bad pickup for Pitt. For one, Randall should be able to play right away, I'm guessing. His reason for leaving is based on the Mike Rice disaster and if that's not reasonable cause to get a waiver, I'm not sure what is. Randall can step right into the Panthers' lineup and play. And if he gets his waiver, he should get minutes in a pretty thin frontcourt.
Also, while there have to be questions about how much he can contribute, he's a legitimate Big East player. FWIW, this site says he's not a great rebounder, but Randall, at worst, fills a roster spot and adds some depth to the program.
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