Stallings adds a forward to the 2017 class

Matt Steinbrink, Basketball Analyst
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The Pitt staff has added another piece to the 2017 freshman class as former Iona commit Samson George has committed to Pitt.

George attended First Love Christian Academy in Washington (Pa.) before committing to and signing with Iona. He was also at St. Anthony's in New Jersey for a short stint as well. But after things went south in New York, he hit the market again, and Pitt pounced quickly to make sure that he would return to the area to play his college basketball.

George visited the Pitt campus on Saturday with his coach, Khyaree Wilson, and gave Stallings and the staff a commitment during the visit, but wanted to keep it quiet.

He made it official today at the school where he signed his papers.

As a prospect before committing to Iona, Samson held primarily mid-major offers, although VCU and Rutgers did offer him. The main reason is his size as a power forward, but the 6'7" prospect should be able to contribute in college as an undersized four.

Every year, there are mid-majors across the country that feature under-sized post players who may have gone overlooked. It is no guarantee, but George brings a high-level motor and knack for reeling in missed shots.

Samson becomes the seventh freshman and the eighth overall member of the 2017 class, and will immediately be in competition for minutes at the four spot along with Ryan Luther and Terrell Brown. Due to class balance, at least one of the newcomers will likely redshirt. Based on George's tenacity and competitiveness, he's got a good chance to see the floor.

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