Jeff Capel is currently in the midst of a seismic rebuild of the Panthers’ basketball roster. It’s no hidden secret that lack of size was a true detriment last season. Bishop Walsh (Cumberland, MD) power forward Olivier Robinson-Nkamhoua (6-foot-9 inches, 215 pounds), a native of Helsinki, Finland is a player that could alleviate that issue.
Robinson-Nkamhoua was originally slowed by a broken leg last season. He has since recovered from the injury and the athletic power forward has emerged as one of the top rising seniors in the nation. Pitt, Illinois, Wake Forest, Minnesota and Kansas State are amongst the multitude of upper major programs pursing him.
Fresh off his visit to the Panthers, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to the rising senior about his experience.
“The Pitt basketball program is up and coming. What they are trying to start there is great. I got a very good vibe that Coach Capel knows what he’s doing,” said Robinson-Nkamhoua. “He’s trying to make big things happen there.”
He was asked about his discussions with Jeff Capel. He stated the following, “We never spoke about playing time. Playing time isn’t a given for anybody. We did talk about the need for a player to come in and be ready to play. He wants players coming into the program ready to compete and play. There were no promises given. He did tell me there was a need for a player with my size. I understand that and that’s why I’m considering going to Pitt. I know that I have a spot there. I can come in and be part of the team right away.”
Robinson-Nkamhoua had the opportunity to sit down and speak with freshman standouts Xavier Johnson, Trey McGowens and Au’Diese Toney during his visit.
When asked about his strengths on the basketball court, he told us, “I do everything. When I play basketball, I have my hands in everything. I play defense, I play offense, I pass the rock, I score the rock, I play on both sides of the ball. I score, I can shoot, I can handle the ball and rebound the best.”
Robinson-Nkamhoua has a date set in his mind for a final decision but he chose to keep that to himself. “I have a timeframe, but I would rather keep it a surprise when I commit,” he said.
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru