Pitt basketball: Top impact newcomer for 2014-15 season

Sheldon Jeter, a former three-star recruit from Beaver Falls, PA will be eligible to play for the Pitt Panthers for the 2014-15 season. Jeter grew up just 15 minutes away from Pitt’s campus but chose to go elsewhere following high school after not receiving a scholarship offer from the Panthers.

After a season at Vanderbilt, Jeter grew homesick and elected to leave the program for Pitt. However Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt’s head coach attempted to fight Jeter’s transfer to no avail. The NCAA pushed Jeter’s transfer through and the 6’7 small forward enrolled at Pitt.

Jeter will no doubt have a huge impact on the 2014-15 Pitt basketball team. He averaged 5.5 points per game in just 17.5 minutes per game at Vanderbilt in 2012-13. He proved to be a fairly reliable defender who plays bigger than his size may suggest.

Expect Jeter to prosper under head coach Jamie Dixon, especially a year after losing seniors Lamar Patterson. Jeter will not likely start right away but throughout the season he should see himself get major minutes for the Panthers and have a major impact on the team.

Jeter will compliment a young Panthers lineup. He will be another sophomore in a crop of talented sophomore with Michael Young, Jamel Artis, Josh Newkirk and Chris Jones. The five of them should be a force in the Panthers lineup and a force in the ACC for the next three years.

Dixon has shown his commitment to play young players frequently recently, and with a young core next season his five sophomores should easily see increased playing time.

Jeter will factor into a rotation that will likely include the four other sophomores as well as seniors Cameron Wright and Derrick Randall and juniors James Robinson and Durand Johnson. The nicest part about Jeter is that he has a plethora of experience already at the division one level. He was also able to sit out for a year to mature without wasting a year of eligibility.

One has to think that after sitting for once season, he has had more than enough time to practice and get himself ready to contribute a bigger program than Vanderbilt. I expect that he will be able to work himself into a sixth-man role with the team.

He has the body of forward and the skillset of a shooting guard, this should allow for him to play meaningful minutes for Dixon. He tends to favor players who are more versatile and can play more than one position.

Ideally, Jeter would play the 3 for the Panthers next season, his only competition being marksman Durand Johnson who may not be back until mid-season after injuring his ACL in early January.

Sheldon Jeter will have a chip on his shoulder and in front of his family and friends, will easily be a high-impact player for the Panthers next season.