If you were to handpick a player that Pitt needs and that could instantly turn them into a NCAA Tournament team in 2020, it might be Khadim Sy.
Sy (6-foot-11, 245 pounds) is a four-star JUCO center from Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Florida. Sy transferred there after originally signing with Virginia Tech.
Sy is an imposing figure that can control a game from both ends of the court. He has a fully developed offensive game with skilled post moves and also is an accomplished shot-blocker and rebounder.
Monday night, Pittsburgh Sports Now was finally able to talk on the phone with Sy to find about more about him and if Pitt is a possible option for him.
For being such a big man, Sy is a soft-spoken kid and was enjoyable to talk with.
The thing Pitt fans want to know is does Sy have interest in Pitt and is Pitt actively recruiting him? The answer is yes to both questions.
In fact, Jeff Capel made a trip to Florida over the weekend to see Sy face-to-face.
Capel made it very clear to Sy that he’d love to coach him next year and made a positive impression with the much sought-after center. Sy liked the fact that Capel didn’t just say things that he wanted to hear. While he talked to him about parts of his game that he was impressed with, he also pointed out things that he needs to work on and how the Pitt staff could help.
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— Daytona State MBB (@DSCMBball) February 24, 2019
Regardless of who he selects, don’t look for a decision to come anytime soon.
Sy said that for the most part, he’s put recruiting on the back-burner until the end of his college season. His only goal now is to help his Daytona team win a championship. He was very serious and passionate talking about that.
Only when his team’s season is finished will Sy start thinking about his next college home.
As far as that goes, it’s going to be very simple. Which school will he fit in with and which coach and team will best utilize his skills? Sy told PSN he loves it at Daytona and ideally would like to find a system that is similar to what he currently playing in, because he feels it’s bringing out the best in his game.
He made it very clear though that he wants it to be a good match for both parties. By that, he means he’d like to go to a place that has a real need for him so that he can help fill a hole but at the same time, find a place that will help get him to the next level.
Aside from Pitt, Sy didn’t want to get into any other specific schools that were recruiting him. He just said he’d start visiting schools and getting serious when his season was over. However, he did say that there’s a very good chance that Pitt will be a school that gets one of his visits.