Jeff Capel has taken the Pitt basketball program’s recruiting to a level unseen in quite some time.
Capel’s first recruiting class, which he gathered in his first six months on the job, was rated as the No. 32 recruiting class in the country, which at that point, was Pitt’s best effort in six years, when Jamie Dixon’s Class of 2012 was ranked 25th in the country.
Now, he’s topped both of those.
With the addition of four-star Erie forward William Jeffress on Tuesday, Capel’s Class of 2020 is now ranked as the No. 13 recruiting class in the nation. The last time Pitt’s recruiting class was rated that highly was in 2011, when Pitt’s class was also rated No. 13.
Perhaps more impactfully, Pitt’s class is now rated as the fourth-best in the Atlantic Coast Conference, behind just Duke, North Carolina and NC State. That’s the best recruiting class compared to its ACC peers that Pitt has ever had.
In Jeffress, Pitt also landed the top player in the state of Pennsylvania, which is something that hasn’t been done at Pitt in a long time. The last Pitt recruit to earn that honor was DeJuan Blair, who left the team back in 2009.
2020, William Jeffress, McDowell, Pitt
2019, Oscar Tshiebwe, Kennedy Catholic, West Virginia
2018, Cam Reddish, Westtown School, Duke
2017, Lonnie Walker, Reading, Miami
2016, Tony Carr, Roman Catholic, Penn State
2015, Derrick Jones, Archbishop John, UNLV
2014, Ja’Quan Newton, Neumann Goretti, Miami
2013, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chester, Arizona
2012, Amile Jefferson, Friends’ Central School, Duke
2011, Rakeem Christmas, Academy of the New Church Boys School, Syracuse
2010, C.J. Aiken, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, St. Joseph’s
2009, Maalik Wayns, Roman Catholic, Villanova
2008, Tyreke Evans, American Christian School, Memphis
2007, DeJuan Blair, Schenley, Pitt