Jeff Capel plans to recruit the entire country in an effort to bring elite talent to Pitt but one of their main recruiting territories will be the DMV region.
Last year that area landed them both Xavier Johnson (Arlington, Virginia) and Trey McGowens (Chatham, Virginia). Yesterday, the Pitt staff hosted a highly rated junior from Maryland.
Darius Miles is a 4-star shooting guard from St. Charles High School in Waldorf, Maryland. Miles (6’6″, 180) is rated by 247 Sports as one of the top 5 juniors in DC and one of the top 120 juniors in the country.
At this point, Miles holds offers from Georgetown, Rhode Island and St. Joe’s while he finds himself getting recruited by schools such as Louisville, Ohio State, Xavier, Michigan and Seton Hall.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Miles to get his impressions of his first trip to Pittsburgh.
“I’ve been talking to Pitt for about three or four months now,” said Miles. “Xavier Johnson went to school by me and he’s one of my buddies. He tells me that Pitt is a good environment and that they really care for the players and isn’t just about basketball 24/7. He’s been telling me about the program so I thought it would be good for me to come out and make a visit and see what Pitt’s like.”
“The trip was good. Pitt is working on a lot of new things. As far as things that impressed me, I liked the environment at the game. They had a lot of students there supporting the team. Really, that’s all you can ask for as a player and I liked that so many people, especially students, came out to see them play.”
Miles tells PSN that some of the strengths of his game are his ability to create his own shot, to create for others and his ability to shoot off the dribble. From what he saw yesterday, he believes Pitt’s system is one that fits his skill set.
“I liked that a lot,” said Miles. “I also liked how they switched on defense, going from man to a two-three.”
In anything, first impressions with someone are very important and according to Miles, he saw enough from Jeff Capel and company to keep Pitt as a program that he plans on staying in touch with.
“Yes, I most definitely will be coming back to Pitt.”