A Quick Look
|Prospects||Rank||Pos. (Rank)||Quick Analysis|
|Khem Birch||#8||PF (#4)||He is a monster shot-blocker and simply dominates on the defensive end. He is very long and can cover a lot of ground quickly which makes you think you can get a shot off before he swats it into the stands. Birch is also a consistent rebounder on the offensive end which allows him to get a lot of easy put-backs and tip-ins. He runs the floor very well and always finishes above the rim as well.|
|Malcolm Gilbert||NR||C (NR)||Gilbert is a tremendous defender who just missed out on the top 50. He is a terrific shot-blocker and rebounder and understands the nuances of the game which helps him on the defensive end. He is also a great finisher and has good hands and feet.|
|Durand Johnson||NR||SG (NR)||Johnson has a great motor and a very good mid-range game. He is tremendous on the defensive end and does a great job of keeping his opponents in front of him.|
|John Johnson||NR||SG (NR)||Johnson is a scoring combo guard who is quick and can create scoring opportunities for others. He is also tough and good in the lane which is key for him since he easily gets in there so often.|
Between power forward Khem Birch (#8), center Malcolm Gilbert and shooting guard Durand Johnson, the Panthers are bringing in a great defensive class and have two of the best defensive big men in the country. It will be very tough for Pittsburgh’s opponents in the paint since Birch and Gilbert are both great shot-blockers and rebounders, which limits second-chance points. Shooting guard John Johnson is the scorer in the class but he has the ability to play either guard position because of his passing skills and court vision. He is also very quick. All of the players in this class are tough as well which is now a necessity to produce day in and day out in the Big East.