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Pitt's top recruit Dodson ineligible, seeks transfer

PITTSBURGH -- Darnell Dodson, a 6-foot-6 guard who was a key
member of what Pitt coach Jamie Dixon called his best recruiting
class, is leaving school and plans to transfer to Miami Dade
College.

Dodson had been allowed to practice with the Panthers as he
awaited word on his eligibility for this season, but stopped
practicing this week. When he learned he wasn't eligible, Dodson
decided to leave school so he could play elsewhere.

Dodson, a strong outside shooter, had been expected to redshirt
this season before taking over a key role in Pitt's offense next
season. Dodson is from Greenbelt, Md., and was one of the top high
school scorers in the Washington, D.C., area last season.

With Dodson gone, Pitt's freshmen class consists of centers
DeJuan Blair and Gary McGhee and guard Bradley Wanamaker. The
Panthers also added junior college transfer Cassin Diggs, a 6-10
inside player who once played at Williamsport High.