The official start of the Pitt basketball offseason begins with a commitment.
This morning, 4-star forward Justin Champagnie announced on social media that he was committing to Pitt. He becomes Pitt’s third member of their Class of 2019.
The surprising part of this is the news that his twin brother Julian has decided not to commit. In fact, Julian told me that he’s changed his mind and will not re-classify to 2019 and will instead stay in the Class of 2020.
“I just didn’t want to go yet and I feel like me doing 2020 is what’s best for me. Yes, I’m staying in the Class of 2020,” said Champagnie.
“It’s was a very difficult decision because I had to leave my brother but I know this is where we would be most happy,” said Julian Champagnie.
This fact that only one of the Champagnie brothers committed surprised a lot of people, including members of the Pitt staff.
”Yea, they were surprised because they thought I was all the way on board.”
Despite not joining them this year, Pitt is a place that Julian will still seriously consider.
“Pitt is still a major contender for me and this upcoming season I will be working on becoming a certified guard.”
Justin (6’6”, 200) gives Capel another skilled wing to add to his depth. Champagnie provides versatility and the ability to defend multiple positions.
The native of Brooklyn, New York is rated by 247 Sports as a top 25 small forward and a top 110 overall recruit.
Capel has now added Justin Champagnie (6’”, 200), Gerald Drumgoole (6’6”, 205) and Karim Coulibaly (6’9”, 230).
As of now, two scholarships are still open but that will change pending any departures from the roster.