Pittsburgh, South Carolina among finalists for junior college center

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Despite averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in just under 14 minutes of action per contest last season, Pensacola (Florida) State College 7-footer Rozelle Nix has emerged as one of the top junior college players in the country heading into his sophomore season. With his size Nix has been the focus of multiple schools on the recruiting trail, and Thursday it was reported that he’s cut his list to three schools.

According to Brad Winton of JucoRecruiting.com, Nix’s finalists are Loyola Marymount, Pittsburgh and South Carolina. Nix recently visited South Carolina, and according to Winton’s report he’s scheduled a visit to Pittsburgh for the weekend of October 24.

Each of the three programs is in a position where Nix’s size would be a welcome addition to the program. In the case of Loyola Marymount, Mike Dunlap’s Lions are very young in the front court with senior Godwin Okonji and junior Marin Mornar being the lone upperclassmen. Pittsburgh loses senior Derrick Randall at the end of the 2014-15 season, with junior Joseph Uchebo and sophomore Mike Young among the front court players who will have eligibility remaining beyond the upcoming campaign.

South Carolina loses Carlton Geathers at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, with Frank Martin having three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman amongst the players in his current front court rotation. The Gamecocks have also received a verbal commitment from Top 100 power forward Chris Silva.

According to Jason Whittle of 247Sports.com, Nix is expected to sign during the November signing period.