With his brother, Trey, being a member of Pitt’s basketball team, Saturday wasn’t Bryce McGowens first trip to Pittsburgh.
However, it was the first time that the entire focus was on him as he made an unofficial visit for Pitt’s game against No. 15 North Carolina.
Despite the game not being very competitive, McGowens left with a good impression of Pitt and the future of their basketball program under Jeff Capel.
“I loved the atmosphere at the game a lot and I liked the team’s playing style, very loose and free,” McGowens told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
“After the game, I was able to talk with (assistant coach Milan) Brown, Coach Capel and all the coaches. They told me to keep playing like I’m playing and to make sure I keep up my intensity. Last year, I was able to score but my defense wasn’t there every game.
“Right now, the strongest part of my game is my ability to score. I believe that I’m able to score from all three levels. Teams have been trying to put a box and one on me but I’ve still been able to score.”
McGowens (6-foot-4, 160 pounds) is only a sophomore but has already received early offers from LSU, Wichita State, TCU, Clemson, St. John’s and Iona.
“I’m already starting the recruiting process but am just trying to remain humble,” said McGowens.
At this point, Pitt hasn’t extended him an offer yet but that just seems to be a formality.
“That really isn’t a big deal to me,” said McGowens. “Right now, I’m just worried about trying to build a good relationship with them and keep working hard to earn one.”