Pittsburgh did not quite have as many quality players in their 2013 college basketball recruiting class as they wanted. That has all changed very quickly though with a quality late pickup by the Panthers.
They lost Steven Adams to the pro draft and were in desperate need of more depth, especially in the frontcourt. Scout.com has reported that they have added 3 star forward Jamel Artis to the class and he should help out right away. The source of this news was his Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep head coach coach Ryan Hurd.
Artis is from Baltimore and recently visited Pittsburgh; he didn’t have any scholarship offers so when the Panthers pulled the trigger, then there was no real question for the talented wing.
Artis checks in at 6-foot-7 and can play either shooting guard or small forward to the Panthers. He is an elite athlete who can rebound and block shots with authority.
This is the third commitment of the 2013 class for the Panthers; the others are four-star power forward Mike Young and three-star guard Josh Newkirk.
The Panthers may struggle a bit next year, but they now have a solid young core to build around in the future. It will be exciting to see what Artis can bring into the mix, because he will likely get playing time right away. Congratulations to Artis and best of luck to him on the Panthers next year.