With an eye towards the long-term future of the Pitt basketball program, the team hosted a talented sophomore guard yesterday afternoon.
2021 3-star point guard Ryan Conway (Baltimore, Maryland) made the 4-hour drive to Pittsburgh to visit the Pitt campus. Conway (6’0″, 160) already holds seven offers, including ones from TCU, Boise State, Kansas State and Old Dominion. Aside from Pitt, Conway has also made unofficial visits this year to TCU, Georgetown, Maryland and Virginia Tech.
Already having seven offers and being just a sophomore is a good indication that Conway’s recruitment is going to be pretty heavy but he’s just taking things in stride and having fun playing the game.
“I feel great,” said Conway. “I don’t want to get ahead of myself and just want to stay grounded. However, I am thankful and am appreciative of Pitt and all the schools that are showing this interest in me.
Speaking of Pitt, I asked Conway how long have they been recruiting and showing interest in him?
“I feel things between Pitt and me are going well,” said Conway. “They started recruiting me when they came to my school to watch me work out for an open gym… I want to say back in October. Now, I just made a visit there yesterday after being invited to go see a game.”
“I got there right before the game and it was just a great day. I feel like I got a great feel for the school and I feel like their system is one that I can fit in and play well. I really liked watching them and the style of ball they play. After the game, they took me around the school for a bit, mainly the basketball arena. They showed me their practice gym and their academic facility, where the team goes to get help.”
At this point of his high school career, Conway tells me that his biggest strengths are that he’s a scoring point guard, can shoot the ball from three-point range and his ball-handling skills.
Yesterday was the first chance that Conway got to speak with Jeff Capel in-person and like most recruits, came away very impressed.
“I’ve heard so many great things about him and know that he’s a great coach,” said Conway. “He talked to me about a lot of different things. After watching him yesterday, I feel that he understands his players. To me, having a great relationship with a coach is everything. After watching him, I definitely, feel as though he’s a coach that I could see myself playing for.”