Jeff Capel has added his first player to Pitt’s 2020 basketball roster.
Wednesday evening, former Delaware shooting guard Ithiel Horton made the decision to transfer to the Panthers. Despite getting interest from many high major programs, in the end Horton selected Pitt over Arkansas.
Prior to making his decision public, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Horton about his reasons for picking Pitt and a variety of other topics.
Main reasons for picking Pitt?
“The biggest reasons I selected Pitt were because of the vibe the city gave off, playing for such a notable and legendary coach, and the upside of the Pitt basketball program. Coach Capel is rebuilding Pitt back to where it used to be when players such as Ashton Gibbs and Tray Woodall were on the team, which is very, very awesome.”
Jeff Capel’s reaction and impact he played in the decision?
”Coach Capel’s reaction was pretty much like a ‘Let’s go! But let’s get to work’ because let’s face it I’m going up a few levels now. I’ve got work that I need to do and I’m excited to start playing with the guys and getting accustomed to the lifestyle that comes with going to Pitt.”
Reaction to now getting to play in the ACC?
”I’m beyond excited to get a chance to play in the ACC. As a kid, I grew up watching that conference so much and the dog fights that came with every game, night in and night out, also it helps knowing that my uncle played in the ACC as well for Georgia Tech so he knows what it’s like to play against NBA level talent each night. He has been very encouraging throughout this whole process.”
What Type of Player Will Pitt Fans Be Watching?
“I am very aggressive and passionate and will fight for every ball that comes my way. I am a dead eye shooter with a big heart and I will not will not lay down for anyone. I will die before I let them beat me.”
Horton will have to sit for the upcoming season but will have three seasons of athletic eligibility remaining. Last season, he averaged 13.2 points game, shot 40.9% from 3-point range and was the leading freshman scorer in the CAA conference.