From the time Jeff Capel started recruiting at Pitt, Butler junior guard Ethan Morton has been at, or near, the top of his list.
Morton is a 4-star point guard and one of the best players to come out of Western Pennsylvania in a long time. Morton isn’t just a great local recruit, he’s a great national recruit as recruiting services rate him as one of the top 50 juniors in the country.
Because of many schedule conflicts, Morton hasn’t been able to attend a ton of Pitt home games but he was able to make it to The Pete yesterday for their game vs. NC State.
“I have a really good relationship with Coach Capel,” Morton told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “He’s one of my favorite guys to talk to and is great at building relationships.”
”The energy in the building and on Pitt’s whole bench was great to see, there is definitely a different vibe around the program.”
It’s no secret to anyone—especially Morton— that Capel would love for him to be his point guard in a couple of years and is appreciative of the attention he’s getting from his hometown school.
“To be recruited in general is a blessing to me, no matter the school. Pitt is definitely a good option and has made me feel like a priority for them ever since the new staff got the job,” said Morton.
Some have wondered if Morton’s style of play and Capel’s offense are a good match. While some might wonder, Morton isn’t one of them and believes it would be a great fit.
“Yes and on top of how they play right now, having Coach Capel as a guy that played point guard in college is a big plus just because of the knowledge and feel he has,” said Morton.
The topic of local stars staying home to play comes up a lot with Pitt football but not so much with basketball, but Morton is already starting to hear from Panther nation.
“There are some fans that would like to see me stay home, ultimately it’s going come down to the best fit with the coaches and players to decide where I go.”
Morton tells me that he’s hoping to make his decision by early fall or maybe even a little before that.