Jeff Capel regularly recruited the top talent in the country while he was at Duke and so far he is trying to do the same at Pitt.
Capel is on the road for the first time as Pitt’s coach and has visited and offered scholarships to a handful of Top 20 players. That includes junior forward Precious Achiuwa.
This 5-star talent attends St. Benedict’s Prep School and is rated by 247 Sports as the 10th best junior in the country. At this point, Achiuwa (6-foot-7, 175 pounds) holds offers from Kansas, St. John’s, Syracuse, Ohio State, Oregon, Seton Hall, UCLA and VCU.
Capel stopped to watch Achiuwa work out Tuesday and last Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with this elite player to find out more about him and to get his thoughts on Pitt.
“I was able to talk to Coach Capel for a little bit and we just talked about his plans for changing Pitt basketball and how he believes I can help the program and how he could help me get to the next level,” Achiuwa said. “I think Coach Capel is a great guy and is really cool. He played at Duke, played at a high level and knows the game. That’s a good sign.”
Achiuwa is already a national recruit and receiving lots attention from both coaches and media outlets. I asked him how he’s handling it all.
“I’m absolutely having fun and enjoying everything. Being a Top 10 or 20 recruit whatever it is, I honestly don’t pay a lot of attention to that, I just focused on trying to get better and improving my game. I have a lot of good people around me, my coaches, my brother, family and I listen to them a lot. They all tell me not to worry about the attention, just worry about getting better and work on my craft everyday so that’s what I’m doing. I’m not worrying too much about the hype,” Achiuwa said.
“I believe one of my strengths and something that separates me is my ability to play all five positions on the court. I can do or play wherever the coach wants me to play at anytime.”
Achiuwa will have his pick of schools and all have a lot to offer. What will be important to him when it comes time to make a decision?
“When it comes time to pick a school, I’m not going to worry about the success of the school or the conference they plan in,” Achiuwa said. “I’m going to be worried about the relationship that I have with the coaching staff and a staff that can help me get a lot better for the next level. That’s what I’m going to be looking for and will be a huge factor in me making my college decision.”