A big part of college recruiting is relationships and today the Pitt basketball staff started one with a player that has star potential.
Pitt assistant coach Jason Capel made the short drive to First Love Christian Academy in Washington, Pa. in order to visit 7-foot center Madior Seye.
Seye is a junior that transferred this year to First Love from Bella Vista Prep in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Seye is a somewhat raw prospect but according to his coaches has shown the ability to become a highly rated, national recruit.
“Madior is 7-foot with a 7-foot-3 wingspan. He has the ability and basketball IQ to be one of the best bigs in the country,” said First Love head coach Khayree Wilson. “He has so much upside, he runs the floor like a deer, has a good stroke from 15 and great touch around the rim. He is a good rebounder and defender as well. This is a can’t miss kid.”
I asked Wilson what will he be working on with Seye over the next couple years to increase his profile.
”Mainly his aggressiveness and consistency to make his hook.”
It also doesn’t hurt that Seye has great bloodlines. His father, Sergine, played professional basketball overseas in Spain and also played for the Senegal National Team.
Today was the first serious communication between Seye and the Pitt program. Since this was their initial meeting, today was about Pitt getting to know Seye the person and they introduced themselves to him.
This was a big day for Seye because it was the start of him getting recruited and looked at as a major college prospect.
”Today made me feel good because it was the first time coaches came to see me,” said Seye. “I just want to get better everyday.
“My coach told me yesterday that Pitt was coming today. I wasn’t nervous because he made me feel relaxed and good. It was nice.”
What sort of message did Capel have for Seye in their first conversation?
”He told me that I was good and that he just wants me to work hard everyday. He wants me to work hard on the court and also in the classroom,” said Seye. “I told him yes I will do that and that I can do whatever you want.
“He told me I was very good and I said thank you for that.”
Seye told me that one thing he wants to work on this year is to develop a better post move.
This young talent is definitively someone we’ll be following as he gets more comfortable in Western Pennsylvania and at his new school, First Love Christian Academy.
”I’m having fun at First Love. We have a lot of talent here and we’re all working hard. I love the school, my team and the coaches. Everyone is nice here.”