2 officially added to top-10 class

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Pitt coach Jamie Dixon was like a lot of other Pittsburghers Wednesday afternoon. He finished up at the office and headed over to Consol Energy Center for the first game of the Penguins-Flyers playoff series.

But before Dixon left the office he received some good news. Pitt's two newest recruits -- 6-foot-5 freshman guard Chris Jones and 6-5 transfer guard Trey Zeigler -- signed their scholarship papers and are officially members of the program.

Jones and Zeigler join center Steve Adams and point guard James Robinson in a highly regarded recruiting class. The class is ranked No. 10 in the nation by Rivals.com.

The two latest signees are shooting guards who have the versatility to play other positions.

It has been a common theme in Dixon's approach to recruiting for the past few years.

Lamar Patterson, one of his best returning players, can play three positions.

Zeigler played four positions during his two seasons at Central Michigan, and Dixon said Jones can also play small forward.

"It always has been a philosophy of mine," Dixon said of recruiting players who can play different spots.

"I don't think we're going to lock Trey into one spot. I'm very familiar with his game. He's very versatile. We're excited about his future. He's already been a very productive player."

Dixon said he was not allowed to comment on the special waiver Pitt and the Zeigler family is seeking from the NCAA that would allow him to play immediately. Zeigler played for his father, Ernie, at Central Michigan, who was fired last month.

Ernie Zeigler told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette earlier this week that the waiver is being sought because staying at Central Michigan would have put Trey in a "peculiar and awkward position."

As for Jones, Dixon said he "can really shoot the ball. ... His versatility will be an asset. He has growth in him."

When asked if he could still add another player to the recruiting class, Dixon said: "At this point, we're done."

Dixon did not sound concerned about stockpiling so many players of the same ilk. If Zeigler is granted a waiver he would have four shooting guards and three small forwards on the roster next season.

"Oftentimes, guys play different spots," he said.

"We can play big and we can play small."


Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rayfitt1. First Published April 12, 2012 1:45 AM


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