Pitt basketball team reportedly interested in Temple transfer Anthony Lee

Anthony Lee a former center for Temple University announced on Tuesday his intention to transfer from the program. Within an hour the Panthers were reported as being interested in the American Athletic Conference leading rebounder. The Panthers should give Lee a hard no.

The Panthers are losing their starting center Talib Zanna following the season and there will be a vacancy at the position. The Panthers do not need any more big men.

Shaquille Doorson a four-star 6’11 center headlines the 2014 Panthers recruiting class and is likely to play a major role in the team’s rotation. The Panthers, unlike most years, have a lot of depth in the big man category.

In addition to Doorson, Vanderbilt transfer Sheldon Jeter will be eligble next season. And Jamel Artis, Michael Young and Derrick Randall are returning to the team next season.

However the Panthers big men were exceptionally weak at rebounding this season, and there will be a definite void once team-leading rebounder Talib Zanna graduates. Anthony Lee led the AAC in rebounding this season with 8.6 rpg. There is no doubt that Lee is a highly talented big man as his list of transfer options continues to grow.

Within five hours of Lee’s announcement, Jeff Goodman of ESPN had already compiled a list of teams interested in Lee:

Surely if Pitt elects to continue to pursue Lee they will be met with stiff competition. The list of schools interested in Lee will only continue to grow. Lee is a rare type of transfer. Usually, when a player transfers he is required to sit out for one year. Lee is graduating from Temple this spring and is allowed to enroll in any school that he chooses and play basketball for them immediately.

As a Temple student, I have had the opportunity to watch Lee play for the last two seasons. What lee adds to a team in skill, he takes away from it in attitude. This season, Temple suffered their worst season since the 1970’s. As soon as it was apparent that Temple was going to fail to make the NCAA tournament, Lee’s effort and production decreased significantly.

Sure, his stat line remained impressive, but Lee was constantly missing shots and producing little effort on defense. Fans at the game grew hostile towards Lee which could have influenced his decision to leave the program.

Pitt does not need a player who has an attitude problem. Players who have attitude problems do not succeed at Pitt nor get along with head coach Jamie Dixon. Dixon is known for micro-managing each game and is not a player’s coach. The last two players with poor attitudes ended up transferring out of the program.

Highly touted McDonalds All American recruit Khem Birch left the program for UNLV 11 games into the season. Four-star recruit John Johnson transferred to Penn State after his freshman year. Both players were unhappy with how Dixon coached and had clear attitude issues.

The Panthers need to immediately remove their name from contention for Lee. Allow him to be another team’s problem.

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