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Nov. 11, 2011

Steven Adams Bio |  James Robinson Bio | 

PITTSBURGH--The University of Pittsburgh men's basketball program signed two student-athletes--Steven Adams (Rotorua, New Zealand/Notre Dame Academy, Mass.) and James Robinson (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.)--to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Jamie Dixon announced on Friday. The NCAA Division I fall men's basketball signing period began Wednesday, Nov. 9 and concludes on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Despite signing only two players, Pitt's 2012 class is considered a consensus top-10 nationally ranked unit. Pitt is ranked No. 8 by ESPNU, No. 8 by and No. 5 by

"We are extremely excited about Steven and James," Dixon said. "Both are good players from winning backgrounds and both have outstanding work ethic."

Adams is a 7-foot, 240-pound center from New Zealand who has been rated as a consensus national top-10 recruit. This summer he led the adidas Nations Tournament in both scoring (22 ppg.) and rebounding (16.8 rpg.). His performance at the tournament, which features the top high school players from around the world, included a 37-point, 14-rebound outing vs. Team USA. A New Zealand National Team player, Adams competed this summer for the Wellington Exodus Saints and helped lead the squad to the National Basketball League title. He has also guided his club team in Wellington to two national titles at the Under-19 and Under-17 age groups. Following secondary school graduation from Scots College Prep (Wellington, N.Z.) in December, Adams will enroll and play at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass.

Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound point guard, enters his senior basketball season at renowned DeMatha Catholic High School. As a three-year varsity player, he has guided the program to 90 wins, three conference titles, three city titles and the 2011 Alhambra Catholic Tournament championship. A Washington Post Second Team All-MET selection in 2010-11, Robinson averaged 10.1 points in guiding the Stags to a national top-20 ranking, a 29-7 record and league and city titles as a junior. He also guided his AAU team, Team Takeover, to the Nike Peach Jam/AAU national title after scoring 24 points in the championship game. DeMatha is expected to be ranked among the nation's top-25 preseason teams in 2011-12. Robinson is a consensus top-60 national recruit.

No. 10 Pitt opens regular season play this evening when it hosts Albany at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.


(early signing period for men's basketball runs Nov. 9-16, 2011)





Hometown/High School

Steven Adams




Rotorua, N.Z./Notre Dame Prep/Scots College

James Robinson




Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.


Men's Basketball Signs Two Athletes to a National Letter of Intent

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