Jeff Capel knew from his first day as Pitt’s coach that this wasn’t going to be a quick fix and that he and his staff would need would a few recruiting classes before he was properly equipped to legitimately compete in college basketball’s best conference.
Capel wants to load his roster with versatile, athletic, high-character players that are accustomed to winning.
The very first out-of-town road trip that Capel made was to New York City. While there, he went to Archbishop Stepinac High School to begin recruiting their two biggest stars, R.J. Davis and AJ Griffin Jr.
Griffin Jr. (6’6″, 180) is a 5-star sophomore shooting guard who received an offer from Capel almost immediately. Davis (5’11”, 150) is a 3-star point guard that got his offer personally from Capel last week when attending one of his playoff games at Fordham University.
Davis is a near perfect example of the type of player Capel wants to consistently bring in to turn Pitt back into a winning program.
This season in 28 games with the very successful Stepinac team, Davis averaged 25.4 points per game, 7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.7 steals, shot 55% from two-point range and 34% from 3-point range.
With still one more season left, Davis is 11th all-time on the CHSAA scoring list (1,810 points). Former NBA great and New York City legend Kenny Anderson holds the CHSAA record with 2,621 points.
Pittsburgh Sports Now had a chance today to catch up with Davis and his head coach Patrick Massaroni and got their thoughts on Pitt and to find out more about this emerging star.