Pittsburgh college basketball fans got their first look at Pitt Panther blue-chip recruit Steve Adams and hyped transfer Trey Zeigler for the first time Monday night at Opening Night of the 2012 Pittsburgh Basketball Club Summer Pro-Am in Green Tree. Here are some highlights from the night in which numerous Panthers, West Virginia Mountaineers, Duquesne Dukes and Robert Morris Colonials began their preparations for the 2012-2013 season.
-The first thing anyone will notice when watching Steve Adams is how graceful he is. He has incredible coordination given his size and moves effortlessly around the court. He pulled down numerous rebounds and made some great passes out to the wings while playing the post. He didn't put up a big showing in the points department, but it is tough for forwards to do so in what is essentially glorified streetball. Panthers fans should definitely be encouraged by his play.
-As for fellow newcomer Trey Ziegler, he just could not find a rhythm the whole game. He seemed to rely on jump shots more than driving to the hoop. Obviously it was just the first game all summer so no need to press a panic button. He brought the defensive intensity, which is always a plus.
-One of the biggest stars of the night was Pitt's Lamar Patterson, who put on an offensive show in his game. Whether it was driving to the hole or shooting from deep, Patterson could not be stopped. If he continues to show improvement, he could be a nice contributor to the Panthers next season.
-One impressive member of the West Virginia Mountaineers Monday night was sophomore walk-on Aaric Dickerson, who showed nice touch on his shots. Although he is a longshot to play on a regular basis, WVU is desperate for some consistent shooting from the field. He is worth at least keeping an eye on through the summer.
-Duquesne Dukes fans should be encouraged by the performance of freshman guard Derrick Colter, who dropped 31 points in an overtime win in the second game of the night. He was not afraid to take command of the floor, which is always encouraging to see out of a young player. Given the Dukes' need for a point guard after numerous transfers, he may be a contender for some early playing time at that position.
-Robert Morris freshman Stephan Hawkins also took the same approach as Colter in his game, as the forward was not afraid to go toe-to-toe with veteran players such as Pitt's Dante Taylor. Although Hawkins could stand to put on some more muscle, he should be a serviceable player in the NEC.
The players will continue to play at the Green Tree SportsPlex every Monday and Wednesday night through the end of July. More information on the Pro-Am can be found here.
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