Potential big news for Jeff Capel and Pitt basketball’s Class of 2020.
Four-star Erie, Pa. wing William Jeffress will most likely reclassify and now be a part of the Class of 2020.
This is something that PSN first told you was a good possibility of happening back on January 1.
“Nothing is official until we find the right fit,” his father, Bill Jeffress told PSN. “We are prepared to graduate and will be taking official visits this spring. I am confident we will find the right fit.”
In terms of official visits, two that will definitely happen are to Pitt and Baylor.
Jeffress has been cleared academically to make this move as he’s a 4.0 student with dual enrollment in both high school and college courses and a member of the National Honor Society at Erie’s McDowell High School.
On the court, Jeffress is getting the job done as well as he’s close to becoming the all-time leading scorer at McDowell. He told PSN he holds offers from Pitt, Penn State, Baylor, Memphis, Stanford, Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
Jeffress (6-foot-7, 200 pounds) is a consensus Top 40 national recruit and is a member of USA Basketball’s 16U team that won the gold medal this past summer in Brazil.
Pitt was one of the first programs to start seriously recruiting Jeffress last year and Jeff Capel himself started personally making him a priority recruit, as Jeffress told PSN a couple Of weeks ago.
“He’s been to a couple of my games, he’s sent a couple of his assistants to a couple of my away games,” Jeffress tells PSN. “I also have a couple of their assistants texting me all the time, who are trying to build a strong relationship with me. Sometimes out of the blue, I might get a text from him letting me know that he’s thinking of me and texts me ‘I WANT TO BE YOUR COACH’ in all caps.
“When a coach shows that much interest in you and lets you know that they want you at their school and that they believe in you and your ability to the max, it leaves an everlasting impression.
“Coach Capel tells me that he’s really looking forward to me coming to the program and hopefully getting the chance to develop me and get me to the next level because he says that he knows that’s where I can eventually get to. I believe that he envisions me as being one of the players he builds around and getting players like me that can get Pitt basketball back to where should be. That’s what he’s been trying to tell me that I’m a player that he wants to build around.”
Adding a player of Jeffress ability would further strengthen next year’s recruiting class for Pitt and add another highly skilled national recruit. In their latest player evaluations, ESPN just included four-star forward John Hugley as one of their Top 100 players.