Pitt basketball hosted a pair of transfer players over the weekend: Longwood University forward Khris Lane and Cleveland State guard Rob Edwards.
Kevin Stallings is currently in the midst of a substantial roster overhaul and the Panthers’ coaching staff is hitting the transfer market with a vengeance to fill their open roster spots.
Pittsburgh Sports Now was able to speak with Lane about his visit.
“This is my second time being in Pittsburgh, but I never got to see the city the first time. I really liked the school (Pitt). It’s beautiful and it has a really nice campus,” stated Lane. “They took me around and I got to see everything. The people at Pitt are really nice and we got to eat at some great restaurants. The school and city were really nice.”
Lane, a mature young man, would add leadership and scoring to Pitt’s roster. He averaged 17.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. At 6-foot-7 inches, 235 pounds, the Panthers’ coaching staff is recruiting him to play power forward.
After graduating a large senior class, the Panthers will be in dire need of senior leadership. If he commits to Pitt, he’s more than ready to fill that void. “I spoke with Coach (Dan) Cage about that. I’m older and more experienced. I can bring leadership to Pitt,” he said. “Especially with the new team, I can come in and help build a new culture on the team. I would basically be the senior for the younger players. I was an older player at Longwood and already went through that situation. I would love to lead by example part, the intangibles. I can help steer the program in the right direction.”
The leap from Longwood University to the ACC conference is substantial. Lane was asked if he would be prepared to compete in the top conference in the nation. He stated, “A lot of people look at my film, but people forget to look at the jumps that I have made. I doubled my numbers from last year to this year. I made a lot of jumps from when I left Drexel and came to Longwood. I get a lot better every summer and I plan on getting even better this summer. I would just be an ACC player, I would be a high caliber ACC player.”
Lane will visit Rhode Island next weekend. Wake Forest, VCU, Boston College, George Washington and East Carolina are in the mix. He’s hoping to make a final decision by the end of the month.
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