Pitt senior Dante Taylor played power forward late in the game against Howard Tuesday night. It was the first time this season that Taylor had the opportunity to play there.
For those craving to see more of this, don’t hold your breath.
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said Thursday evening after practice that playing Taylor at power forward with freshman Steven Adams at center would not be a regular occurrence.
Dixon alluded to the fact that starting power forward Talib Zanna dn his backup, J.J. Moore, have been among Pitt’s top players early in the season.
“It’s something we’ve practiced,” Dixon said. “Talib is playing well and J.J. is playing well, so everyone asks why we’re not getting them more minutes. It’s something we have. [Taylor] is the third four-man. Talib is the third five-man. I feel like we have good depth in that regard. We practice it all the time. J.J. can be a three-man as well. I like the ability to put those guys in different positions when the situation calls for it, but I don’t think it makes us better. We’re always trying to be better, and I don’t think Steve and Dante together make us better. Talib obviously is playing well, so something has to give when you do that. You can’t play more than five at one time and you can’t play your big guys in the post at one time, so it does limit your options.”
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