The Jeff Capel magic continues today as another talented player decided to join his program.
While on his official visit, 4-star swingman Au’Diese Toney informed Capel that he was giving Pitt a verbal commitment.
The news got better when Toney decided he was going to join Pitt this year and reclassify to the Class of 2018.
Following his big decision, Toney spoke to PSN about why he decided on Capel and Pitt.
“As soon as I got here, the environment, being around the team and the coaching staff. We get along very well and I talk to the staff daily,” said Toney. “Plus, I want to be a part of what they’re doing which is rebuilding the Pitt program and get it back to where it was.”
This was Toney’s first time traveling to Pittsburgh. I asked him what stood out or impressed him most?
”Pittsburgh is the City of Champions. It’s different from any other city. Pittsburgh is someplace that has a NFL team, a MLB team, a hockey team and since they don’t have an NBA team, Pitt is their professional basketball team.”
This is a big get for Pitt, how did Capel react when Toney gave him the news?
”I was taking a tour around campus and in my head I was thinking this feels like home and where I want to be,” said Toney. “When we got to the arena, Coach Capel was up top in his office looking down watching the players workout.”
”My family and I then went to his office and the coaching staff was in there. I started talking to him and he started to tell me the things he is looking for in order to build the program. Eventually, I said coach I need to tell you something. I appreciate everything you’re doing and I want to commit here and reclassify to 2018.”
”He was like, ‘what’ and got very excited and got up and gave me a hug,” said Toney. “Then he said the rest of the weekend can be a celebration.”
Not only was Toney excited about joining Pitt, he was excited about the opportunity to play again with one of his best friends, Trey McGowens.
”We always would say we’d eventually see each other again either against each other or teaming up. We’d always joke that we’d be teammates one day and today it happened. It’s really a good feeling to be able to play with your best friend in college and have the chance to do big things.”