Over the last couple of weeks, Kevin Stallings and his staff have brought in a number of talented 2018 recruits for unofficial visits to Pitt.
One of those kids was Massachusetts guard Marcus Zegarowski, who is the top point guard on their recruiting board.
Zegarowski (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) is a 247 Sport 3-star recruit from Tilton School in Hamilton, Massachusetts. Following the visit, PSN spoke to him about his visit to Pittsburgh and thoughts on a possible future with the Panthers program.
“All the Pitt coaches had been in contact with me prior to the visit. They’re making me the priority so when I went there, I really felt like I was wanted. I was able to meet the whole team and they seemed really cool and were like a family. I met the whole staff and they made me feel like one of them which was nice. Just talking to Coach Stallings, it just seems like the program is going in the right direction with him,” said Zegarowski.
“I could just tell that they really want me. My family was with me and were really happy with the visit. They really liked it.”
I asked Marcus about the feeling that Pitt really wanted him and how a recruit can feel that?
“Coach Stallings was talking to me and told me I’m his top point guard recruit and that he still doesn’t know who his second option is. That was really good to hear and I loved hearing that.”
Aside from his personal interaction with the coaches, Zegarowski feels Pitt’s style of play would be a good match with his game.
“Yes, I do. The coaches believe that also and they just want me to continue to playing like I do and not change anything. Ideally, they’d want me to come in and be me, put the ball in the hoop and play some good defense.”
“I am a player that competes till the while blows. I hate losing and I think I have a high basketball IQ. I’m not going to overwhelm you with my athleticism or any of my physical features but I feel my IQ is up there and I always make making plays. That’s something my parents always instilled in me, making winning plays. Whether that’s making an extra pass, whether that’s taking a charge, whether that’s calling a timeout in the right moment,” said Zegarowski.
What’s next for Zegarowski?
He tells me that he doesn’t have anything officially lined up but might go visit a couple of Big Ten schools (Rutgers and Penn State) but hasn’t decided yet. He does want to make some official visits in late August or early September.
Although he had a great visit to Pitt, Zegarowski isn’t quite ready to commit to them or any other school at this time.
“I can definitely see myself playing for Pitt and I know they really want me but right now, I’m not thinking about making a commitment. I still have July to continue to work and get better and win games. Then after July, I’m going to sit-down with my parents and cutting down a list and going from there on official visits and hopefully make a decision in September or October.”