MIDLAND, Pa. — Pitt commit Max Amadasun, and his Our Saviour Lutheran (Brooklyn, NY) team racked up two double-digit wins in a weekend trip to the Pittsburgh area.
In OSL’s 87-71 win against Andrews Academy (Ohio) on Sunday, Max Amadasun had his hands full matching up with four-star Alabama commit Keon Ambrose.
Amadasun made just two field goals in the win, but never once put his head down in frustration or wavered his defensive play because of his early offensive struggles.
The crowd at Lincoln Park high school was wowed with Amadasun’s three huge rejections and he also came down with 11 rebounds (He grabbed ten the night before against Hickory).
In less than a year, Amadasun will be part of the Pitt basketball program. But right now, his future Pitt coaches just want Amadasun to keep being himself.
“They’re just telling me to keep working, Amadasun said. “(They say) stay aggressive, keep blocking shots, rebounding, just do what I do best.”
The Dublin, Ireland native, who’s soft-spoken off the court, surely gets after on the floor. In OSL’s high powered offense, led by a hand full of unique scoring guards, Amadasun holds it down in the paint.
That’s what he plans on to do when he suits up for Pitt in the coming years.
“I see myself as a very important piece,” Amadasun said. “Pitt (is) in need of a big. I felt like it was home and felt like I’d be the right person for the team. I feel like in the next couple of years; I’ll be a very important piece for the team.”
Right now, he probably doesn’t get as many offensive touches as he would like, but Amadasun wouldn’t tell you that. He wants to win, and that’s really all he’s worried about in the months that remain in his high school career.
“Our goal is to be a nationally ranked team, top ten.”
This past weekend and the two impressive wins undoubtedly helped that case.
“It was a fun road trip,” Amadasun added. “A long journey, but it was worth it. Came down, played two tough games, and we got the win, so it feels good.”
But before his own two games, he got to watch his future squad in action against Georgia Tech on Saturday, and Amadasun made it known how comfortable he is with Pitt and its program.
“I loved it, the atmosphere,” Amadasun said. “As soon as I walked in, it felt like home. As always, it was very welcoming. The coaches, the teammates, my future teammates, they gave me high fives and stuff. They make me feel at home.”
He even sees the similarities in New York and Pittsburgh, which will hopefully make his transition to college seamless.
“New York is like a tough-minded city,” Amadasun said. “You know the intensity is always going to be there. I think Pittsburgh has the same (intensity). The transition (won’t) be that hard, to be honest.”
Amadasun is rated as a consensus three-star recruit, the No. 365 player in the country, the No. 57 center in the country and the No. 8 player in New York, according to 247 Sports composite rankings.
Aside from Amadasun’s commitment that he made official in October, Pitt has also gotten commitments from two 6-foot-8 forwards in four-star John Hugley from Cleveland, Ohio and three-star Noah Collier, who plays for Westtown School in West Chester, Pa.
Class of 2021 6-foot-7 forward William Jeffress has officially reclassified to the 2020 class. Pitt and Jeff Capel remain front-runners to get a commitment from the Erie, Pa. (McDowell High School) native.
Size is a priority for the Panthers in the coming years, knowing that they will have some stability at the guard position for at least two more seasons. Bringing in at least a trio of big men who will be able to compete for minutes in the frontcourt will only help with the growth of each individual talent.