A new name has entered the picture as a candidate to join Pitt’s Class of 2019.
Yesterday, Power forward Olivier Robinson-Nkamhoua (6’9, 210) from Bishop Walsh High School in Cumberland, Maryland got word that he earned a scholarship from Pitt.
Robinson-Nkamhoua now holds major offers from Pitt, Arkansas, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and Wake Forest.
The seemingly small amount of offers is misleading due to his unique background story. Robinson-Nkamhoua was born in Helsinki, Finland and didn’t move to the United States until the summer of 2017.
Shortly after arriving, he broke his foot which put him on the shelf for awhile. This impacted his development and also made him an unknown in the world of recruiting due to inactivity and game action for coaches to watch him compete.
Robinson-Nkamhkua is fully healthy now and to no ones surprise is hearing from plenty of schools, the latest being Pitt. Jeff Capel is hoping to land a potential diamond in the rough.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Robinson-Nkamhkua last night after receiving the offer who told us he’s been in communication with Milan Brown and Pitt for quite some time now despite just getting the news yesterday.
“I was just talking with them (Pitt) and it seemed like they were ready to offer a while ago but they wanted to wait until my season to end and things to calm down,” Robinson-Nkamhkua. “When they did offer, they wanted me to be in the moment and wanted me to understand what was happening and didn’t want me focused on something else. All season I was putting my recruiting on the back-burner until my season was over with so I could try and improve and help my team win,” Robinson-Nkamhkua told PSN. “
Like all players, Robinson-Nkamhoua is still developing his game but has a lot of strengths that could help Capel and Pitt.
”I’m a versatile player and can do a lot for my team. I can rebound, I score, I play good defense and I’m a big guy that can play like a guard but also play like a big.”
The offer from Pitt potentially came at the right time because Robinson-Nkamhoua is starting to focus on recruiting and will be making a decision in the not so distant future.
“A decision before the mid-way point of April is when I’ll be committed and then I’ll officially sign as soon as I can after that,” Robinson-Nkamhkua.
”I haven’t narrowed anything down yet but I’m going to get together with my dad and my coach. We’ve all looked at the list of schools and have our opinions on them. Now we’re just going to decide on where I’m going to visit and which schools will be in the running.”
While he wouldn’t say for certain that Pitt would get a visit, they do have some things that stand out to him.
“The coaching staff is one that appears to have the capability to get their players better. They have experience of doing that especially the head coach so player development is a big thing that I believe Pitt can offer me,” said Robinson-Nkamhkua.
”Also, they’re a growing program. While they haven’t had success the last couple years, they’re a program that’s on the rise.”