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Former local star decides to come home

The recruiting saga of Sheldon Jeter has finally come to an end, as the former Beaver Falls start has decided he will attend Pitt next season.
Pitt didn't offer Jeter as a high school prospect, and the 6'8" forward opted for Vanderbilt. After one year in Nashville, he decided to transfer, but Commodores head coach Kevin Stallings blocked his attempt to transfer to Pitt.
Instead, Jeter ended up at Polk State College in Florida, where he will practice but not play. The year will allow him to use his redshirt and have three years of eligibility for when he gets to Pitt next year.
Jeter was at Pitt this weekend for a visit, during which he toured the campus and facilities, watched the team practice, attended Saturday's Morning Madness event and watched the Pitt football team beat Virginia at Heinz Field Saturday afternoon.
That was all he needed to see, as Jeter committed to the coaches Saturday afternoon.
As a freshman at Vanderbilt last season, Jeter averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 17.5 minutes while shooting 47% from the floor and 39% from three. He is likely to evolve into the small forward position for Pitt next season, and with Lamar Patterson graduating after this year, the position will be open for competition.
Jeter is Pitt's first commitment in the class of 2014, but the Panthers could be adding another in forward Josh Martin, who also visited this weekend.
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