Four-star forward Saddiq Bey was a player Kevin Stallings and his staff recruited hard before he eventually committed to NC State.
The Top-100 talent is once again a free agent after getting a full release last Wednesday from Kevin Keatts and the Wolfpack.
Prior to selecting NC State, Bey was seriously considering Pitt, Xavier, Miami and a couple other programs.
Now that he’s available and with a couple of scholarships available, has Jeff Capel and Pitt shown interest in this this high-talented player?
Tuesday night, PSN had a chance to talk with Bey to talk to him about that question and also about starting his recruitment over again.
“This was a very hard decision for me and it took me a while to make it,” Bey said. “I had to think a lot and not look at it as regret but look at what was the right thing for me to do and for my future.”
Now that he’s starting over again, what are some things Bey will be looking for in his next school?
“Really the same thing,” he said. “I’m looking for a strong balance between school and basketball. I’m also looking for a place that I’ll have an opportunity to make an impact early and some place that I can grow was a person and feel comfortable.”
Bey is a Top 100 recruit that averaged 21 points per game last season so it’s not a surprise he’s receiving major interest from all sorts of programs.
“It’s been a blessing and I can’t really explain how fortunate for the opportunities that I have,” he said. “We’re going to have to manage things and really look at things since we’re getting kind of late.”
But is Pitt one of those schools that has reached out to Bey? It doesn’t sound like it.
“I really haven’t heard much from them at all so I’m just going to focus on the schools that have reached out to me,” he said.
Bey has heard from a number of schools from different major conferences but hasn’t eliminated anyone or formed a favorites list.
Considering they have a couple of scholarships available and a need for some help up front, it’s somewhat surprising Pitt hasn’t contacted Bey.