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2009 Recruits - Pittsburgh

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Despite a disappointing finish for a team that had the talent to win the National Championship, the future is bright and big in Pittsburgh.

Dante Taylor
PF / 6-8 / 230lbs / Fort Washington, MD
Ranked #24 overall and #10 in position by Rivals.
Was also considering UConn, Syracuse and Kansas.
Named to the McDonald's All-American Team. Labeled as a superior interior player with strong rebounding skills.  Needs to work on footwork and finishing close to the basket.  Projected to be the next great Pitt big man, following in the footsteps of Chevy Troutman, Chris Taft, Aaron Gray and DeJuan Blair.

Lamar Patterson
SF / 6-5 / 220lbs / Newark, NJ
Ranked #109 overall and #26 in position by Rivals.
Was also considering Michigan, Virginia, and Marquette.
ESPN says that his effort overcomes his small size and that he is an excellent offensive rebounder.  He does, however, need to work on his outside shot.

J.J. Richardson
PF / 6-7 / 235lbs / Missouri City, TX
Not ranked by Rivals.
Was also considering Oklahoma State, Penn State, and Utah.
ESPN states "he will not wow you with quick athletic bounces but will beat you with his desire, power and physical approach to the game."  He was under the radar for most of high school career and quickly picked up offers after an outstanding summer.

Talib Zanna
PF / 6-9 / 220lbs / Forestville, MD
Not ranked by Rivals.
Was also considering Boston College, Villanova and Clemson.
ESPN describes him as "an absolute dominant force on the backboards," and having superior rebounding abilities.  He needs to work on his offensive game and footwork, as he has an ability to travel with the basketball.