As observers of the Pitt men’s basketball can see, Kevin Stallings needs to add more talent in order to get the Panthers back to their winning ways.
The only way to do that is to recruit high level talent and tomorrow Pitt will host a player that fits that description.
2018 forward Bryce Golden from St. James, Maryland will be on campus for the Pitt/Syracuse game. 247 Sports Composite rates Golden as a 4-star recruit and lists him as one of the Top 75 players in the Class of 2018.
“I think Pitt is a great program. I believe they’re heading in the right direction in terms of recruiting to be top contenders in the ACC. I’ve known assistant coach Kevin Sutton for a long time due to the fact that he and my mother went to college at JMU together and have been good friends since. He’s stopped in numerous time to see me which means a lot to me in my recruitment,” said Golden.
So, Golden has a good relationship with Coach Sutton, I asked him his thoughts on Coach Stallings.
“Coach Stallings came to a game of mine back in early January. It was a big game for my high school and the fact that he drove down mid season to come watch meant the world to me. He’s a great guy that understands the game and I look forward to talking to him more as my recruiting continues.”
Golden is 6-foot-9, 220 pounds and projects as a stretch forward, someone that can play inside or out and seems to have the perfect skill set for Stallings offense.
“I think in college I’ll be able to be a 4 that can space the floor. I’ve been working hard on my shooting but am also comfortable down low. I think I could be that type of stretch 4, similar to some of the players they have now,” said Golden.
Currently, Golden holds offers from Pitt, Clemson, NC State, George Washington, Xavier, Penn State and Seton Hall but tomorrow the Panthers will have a chance to further impress this 2018 target.
“I have a very high level of interest in Pitt. I like the coaching staff and they seem to want what’s best for me as a player and a person. They’ve been in constant contact with me since they offered me back in early June which has meant a lot to me. I believe that the staff and players have been able to compete at a high level considering it is there first year with the program.”
Possibly landing a player of Golden’s skill level would be a big step for the future of Stallings and Pitt basketball.