Virginia is a state that Jeff Capel has had early recruiting success in and will no doubt be a territory that he’ll continue to focus on.
Trey McGowens and Xavier Johnson, two of Pitt’s young stars of the future, both are from the state of Virginia.
Yesterday, the Pitt staff hosted a promising up-and-coming player from that state that has ties with a current member of the Pitt team.
Pittsburgh Sports Now had a chance to speak to 2021 shooting guard Wes Peterson Jr. from Bishop O’Connell High School, who spent the day yesterday on a unofficial visit to Pitt.
If Bishop O’Connell High School sounds familiar, it’s the same high school that current Pitt freshman Xavier Johnson attended.
“Coach Jason Capel came to some of our open gym practices earlier this school year,” said Peterson. “That’s when I first heard from Pitt and met him. Since then, I’ve been talking to him and Pitt.”
We’ve heard a lot about Jeff Capel as a recruiter but not much yet about his brother. I asked Peterson his impression of Jason and the relationship that they’ve developed.
“I feel that he can relate to the current day players seeing that he played back in the day. It’s been a real good relationship and I’ve found it very easy to talk to him.”
As he was driving back home this afternoon, I asked Peterson about his visit yesterday, which included attending last night’s game and things that stood out to him.
“During the day, they took me on a visit around the campus,” said Peterson. “It was a nice campus, very urban. I like that it was city-like and that there were people out all the time so it doesn’t get boring.”
“Then I went to the game, I liked Pitt’s offense a lot, the 4-guard set. Everybody got to dribble around and were able to be comfortable doing what they do best. After the game, it was nice to see the players interacting and how well everyone got along like a family.”
Peterson tells PSN that right now his biggest strengths are his athleticism, his shooting ability and his work ethic. Over the next couple of years, he wants to work on dribbling to create his own shot and jump-shot consistency. From everything he saw last night, Pitt’s offense would be a great fit for his game.
“I feel that I would excel in it well,” said Peterson. “Mainly because I can attack the basket well and do well in the pick-n-roll offense. Plus, I can shoot the jump shot and that seems like something they were lacking last night.”
As mentioned earlier, Peterson attended the same school as Xavier Johnson and was glad to be able to spend some time with his former teammate and someone he considers a great friend.
“X is like a big brother to me. Last year being a freshman and him being a senior, he helped me a lot to improve my game and show me the ropes,” said Peterson. “Seeing him score 16 points last night, that was good to see and it was nice to see him play with so much confidence.”
At this point, the sophomore has a scholarship from George Washington but that will no doubt increase in the near future. Pitt hasn’t offered yet but they plan to continue to evaluate Peterson’s game so stay tuned.