NCB On The Trail: Mike Young

SG Detrick Mostella switches commitment

July, 3, 2013
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Class of 2013 shooting guard Detrick Mostella (Decatur, Ala./La Lumiere) will not play for Oklahoma State after all, switching his commitment to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Mostella made his choice following a visit to Pitt's campus.

"They told me they needed a shooting guard, and that made my decision right there," he told the paper. "They have everything but a shooting guard (in this recruiting class). I know I can come in right away and help them."

Mostella, a four-star prospect, joins ESPN 100 PF Mike Young (McKeesport, Pa./St. Benedict's) along with PG Josh Newkirk (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God), SF Jamel Artis (Baltimore/Notre Dame Prep) and C Joseph Uchebo (Chipola, Fla./Chipola College) in the Panthers' incoming freshman class. Pitt will begin its first season in the ACC this year.

With the switch, Pittsburgh moves to No. 26 in the 2013 class rankings, while Oklahoma State drops to No. 39.

Juco center Uchebo picks Pittsburgh

May, 7, 2013
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According to multiple reports, Pittsburgh landed a commitment from junior college center Joseph Uchebo (Nigeria/Chipola College) on Monday.

Uchebo is a former ESPN 100 prospect who originally signed with NC State as a senior at Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.) Christian Academy in 2011 before opting for the junior college route.

Uchebo joins an incoming Pittsburgh class that features ESPN 100 PF Mike Young (McKeesport, Pa./St. Benedict's), PG Josh Newkirk (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) and SF Jamel Artis (Baltimore/Notre Dame Prep). Pittsburgh will join the ACC next season.

Pitt adds SF Jamel Artis 

April, 13, 2013
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Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon landed a verbal commitment from senior small forward Jamel Artis (Baltimore/Notre Dame Prep) on Friday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Artis made his decision while on an official visit Friday.

"Pitt was my main school," Artis told the paper. "Everybody else was just recruiting me, saying they loved my game but never really put in the effort. Pitt came to see me a couple times. I felt the love from them."

Artis held offers from Connecticut, George Mason and South Florida. He joins ESPN 100 power forward Mike Young (McKeesport, Pa./St. Benedict's) along with point guard Josh Newkirk (Raleigh, N.C./Word of God) in the Panthers' 2013 class.

Pitt lands PG Josh Newkirk 

September, 19, 2012
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Word of God point guard Josh Newkirk (Raleigh, N.C.) verbally committed to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, multiple sources are reporting. The decision comes following his visit to Pitt last weekend.

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ESPN 100 PF Mike Young picks Pitt 

August, 4, 2012
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ESPN 100 PF Mike Young plays his high school basketball in New Jersey, but the Pittsburgh native is coming home to play his college ball. After considering several ACC, Big East and SEC programs, Young committed to Jamie Dixon’s Pittsburgh Panthers.

Young, No. 67 overall in the 2013 class, announced his decision at a family gathering in Pittsburgh, one day before leaving to return to St. Benedict’s. Family played a significant role in his decision.

“It was a major factor,” Young said. “I love my family and we’re all very, very close. It was a Pitt decision and they all believed that they would have seen me no matter where I went. Now my mother is only 25 minutes away and my little brother and sister is right here.”

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