You can add a familiar name to the list of Pitt basketball recruiting visitors for Saturday’s men’s basketball game against North Carolina.
Class of 2021 guard Bryce McGowens, younger brother of Pitt guard Trey McGowens, will be making an unofficial visit to Pitt.
The younger McGowens is a 6-foot-4 guard, already two inches taller than his older brother, that can still ball-handle. Playing for Wren High School in Piedmont, South Carolina, McGowens has already received offers from nearby Clemson, TCU, St. John’s, USC Upstate, Iona and Mercer.
Recently, some other names have come onto his recruiting radar. McGowens told Pittsburgh Sports Now that ever since his brother committed to Pitt in April, the Pitt coaching staff, assistant coach Jason Capel in particular, has been recruiting him.
“Didn’t know anything [about Pittsburgh] before he committed,” Bryce McGowens said, but he knew a lot about Pitt head coach Jeff Capel. “I’m a big Duke fan. Jeff Capel came from Duke, so I thought that was pretty cool that [Trey] is playing for him.”
This won’t be McGowens’ first trip to Pittsburgh. He’s been to the city four times since his brother moved in this summer and he’s gotten to see him play before, as well.
But now that his sophomore high school season is in full swing, the younger McGowens is being recruited a bit more urgently. In addition to Pitt, he said Clemson, LSU and Georgia have been talking to him regularly.
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Bryce McGowens said that playing together in college wasn’t something he and his brother had talked about a lot growing up, but that Trey McGowens has let him know what to expect if he’d come to Pitt.
“He just said that the coaches, Jeff Capel and really all of them, they’ll get you ready,” Bryce McGowens said.
But he added that his older brother hasn’t yet gone to a high-pressure sales pitch to get him to come to Pitt.
“He just said to do what’s right for me.”