Men's Basketball Inks Highly-Touted Point Guard Damier Pitts

Pitts Will Play Senior Season at Hargrave Military Before Joining Herd in '08

Nov. 14, 2007

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University head men's basketball coach Donnie Jones announced today the signing of Damier Pitts, a point guard from Charlotte, N.C., to a National Letter of Intent. Pitts will be eligible to compete for the Thundering Herd in the fall of 2008.

Pitts, 5-foot-10, will play his first year at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy this season as a senior. Last season, while at Charlotte Christian, Pitts averaged 17 points, four assists and four rebounds for the Knights.

"Damier has an exceptional basketball mind and a great feel for how to lead and run a basketball team," Jones, in his first season at Marshall, said. "He will give us instant help in the backcourt and have the opportunity to play major minutes next season with our need of a point guard."

Pitts reminds Jones, who spent the last 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Florida, of a former Gator point guard who, after winning back-to-back national championships, was selected in last summer's NBA Draft. "He reminds me a lot of Taurean Green," Jones said. "They both possess the unique ability to make others around them better.

"We're excited to have him help lead us to the next level with our basketball program at Marshall."

Pitts was selected to the 2007 Charlotte Weekly Boys' Basketball Super Team and was a North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association AAA all-state member.

A highly-recruited prospect that garnered heavy interest from several programs across the country, Pitts narrowed his final four choices to Marshall, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Florida.

Rated as the 39th best point guard in the country by, a prominent basketball scouting service, scouting director Dave Telep had this to say about Pitts: "Damier Pitts is a bulldog. He comes from winning programs in high school and through the summer. There's an element of confidence and consistency that he portrays. He's exactly the type of winner a young head coach can lean on to solidify a backcourt."



Point guard Damier Pitts signed a National Letter of Intent with Marshall University on Wednesday.
Photo courtesy of (Arianna Hoffman)