Pitt basketball team signs 6-foot-11 center to letter of intent

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Pitt signed Shaq on Friday.

OK, so it wasn't the Shaq, but they did sign 6-foot-11 center Shaquille Doorson to a letter of intent.

Doorson is from the Netherlands but plays at Canarias Basketball Academy, a prep school in the Canary Islands.

"This was always the goal for me and the reason why I came to CBA. My dream has come true, to know I'll be playing in the ACC under a great coach and at a great program in a powerhouse conference," Doorson said in a statement posted on the Canarias Basketball Academy website.

"I can only thank Rob Orellana and his coaching staff for pushing me every day to make this dream become a reality".

Doorson is somewhat new to basketball, which is why he spent a year as a post-graduate student at CBA, but he is obviously big and athletic and, according to Orellana, the basketball director at CBA, has a huge upside.

"In his short time here, Shaquille has taken huge strides and he is a true credit himself and to CBA," Orellana said in a statement. "This is a great move for him as he will be challenged every day, and I really believe that his continued development will flourish under the guidance of head coach Jamie Dixon".

Pitt now has three players signed for next season: Doorson, Vanderbilt transfer and Beaver Falls graduate Sheldon Jeter and Hampton senior Ryan Luther.


Paul Zeise: pzeise@post-gazette or 412-263-1720 or Twitter: @paulzeise

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