Pitt’s 2020 basketball recruiting class got a lot bigger on Monday, and that doesn’t just refer to the fact that it doubled in size.
Pitt head coach Jeff Capel landed his second commitment in the class Monday when Bronx center Max Amadasun gave his verbal pledge to the Panthers. Amadasun had visited Pitt over the weekend and was impressed by the trip, quickly giving Capel his commitment afterward.
Amadasun joins forward Noah Collier as the two high school seniors that Capel has commitments from, and he represents the biggest splash yet Capel has made in recruiting.
The 6-foot-10, 230-pound center represents the largest and tallest player that Capel has recruited to Pitt. The Our Saviour Lutheran School senior has been rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and is known as a strong rebounder and post defensive presence, using his size and strength to overpower opponents.
Amadasun joins the 6-foot-7 Collier as a pair of post players for 2020, as Capel has made recruiting big men a significant priority in this class.
His first recruiting season, Capel was able to land three late-in-class guards in Xavier Johnson, Trey McGowens and Au’Diese Toney. But with forward on the docker in the Class of 2019, Capel had a tough time closing after coming close with handfuls of top targets.
Pitt was able to add graduated transfer Eric Hamilton, who will play his final season of eligibility this winter, and re-set the scholarship to be used again in 2020.
That’s where Amadasun and Collier come in, and they might not be the end of things as far as 2020 Pitt forward commits. Four-star power forward target John Hugley from Cleveland, Ohio is expected to make his announcement later this week.
After a year of frustration, it seems that Capel and company have finally made an impact when it comes to recruiting in the paint.