Robbie Beran and his family are wrapping up a summer vacation tomorrow but before it ended, he received some good news.
The talented forward from Richmond, Virginia received a call from Jeff Capel who informed him he had earned an offer from Pitt.
Beran (6-8, 200) is a 3-star recruit that’s really heated up after he caught the attention of many programs in July with his performance with Team Richmond Garner Road on the AAU circuit.
Just recently, Eric Bossi, a national recruiting writer for Rivals listed Beran as one of a handful of players who’s stock went up the most in July.
Bossi wrote: “I think with Beran it was mostly about college coaches getting a good look. He’s probably going to play the role of stretch forward in college but allows for the versatility of being a big three or floor spacing four man due to his size and good athleticism.”
Pitt’s staff was on hand for some of Beran’s game and while watching him was new for Capel, it wasn’t for assistant coach Milan Brown, who’s been recruiting him the last two years while at College of Charleston.
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After receiving the news tonight from Capel, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Beran to get his reaction and to find out more about him.
“Coach Capel called me and we had a phone conversation for roughly half an hour,” said Beran. “Any offer, I’m excited for. I wouldn’t say that I’m very familiar with Pitt but I know they’re a great academic institution. My communication with Pitt hasn’t been super long but Coach Brown was at College of Charleston before Pitt and I’ve been talking to him for a little under two years now. So we’ve already had that relationship and now he reached back out and is letting me know about Pitt.”
While he’s familiar with Brown, Beran is just getting to know Capel and was impressed with their initial phone conversation.
“I had a great conversation with Coach [Capel]. We talked and he was learning about me and also shared information about himself to me. It was nice to be able to find out more about him. He’s a great coach, a brilliant coach and someone that is respected in the college basketball world.”
“I found out that he was originally at VCU and helped get that program on the rise, which was interesting,” said Beran. “Then at Duke, he was able to see and help a lot of guys grow into the household names that they are today.”
Next up, I wanted to know more about Robbie Beran the player and what’s he been doing well lately to impress so many coaches.
“I think they enjoyed the versatility that I possess. I try to do it all and be the most impactful player that I can be. As far as me the person, I try and be as well rounded a person as I can be. I’m still working to try and get bigger, stronger and quicker as I progress. I just think I’m a team guy and do whatever I can for the team.”
Pitt joins Boston College, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Richmond and Wisconsin as schools that have offered this native of Virginia.
Beran tells me than once he returns home from vacation, he’s going to talk with his family and coaches and determine a list of schools that he’d like to continue looking at.
As far as what he’s looking for in his future school, “it’s going to come down to the best fit.
1) “First thing will be academics. I’m a pretty strong student. Academics are important to me and my family and what they’ve raised me and my sister on. Academics come before basketball, it does in the dictionary and it does in my life.”
2) “Next one will be social fit. That’s kind of getting up on campus, building a relationship with the staff, learning about campus life.”
3) “Then of course the basketball portion. What is the best fit for me.”
Beran says he’s hoping to decide on Thursday about either cutting down some schools or figuring out some places that he’d like to go visit.