When Lance White took over at Pitt, he was fully aware of the difficult job that lay ahead. He needed a complete rebuild In order to get the basketball program to where it needed to be in order to legitimately compete in the ACC.
This wasn’t going to be a quick fix and in order to build a program, it would take bringing in a number of talented players over a number of different recruiting classes.
To his credit, White and his staff have done just that with the additions of Tracey Hueston (#73 recruit in Class of 2020 and first Top 100 recruit for White at Pitt), Dayshanette Harris (Top 200 2019 recruit), Amber Brown (Top 200 2019 recruit), transfer Jayla Everett (#94 recruit in Class of 2018), transfer Gabbie Green (Junior College 1st Team All-American) and transfer Destiny Strother (Top 200 recruit in Class of 2019).
While those additions are a good start, more is needed and the good news for Pitt is that White has gotten the Panthers in the mix with a number of talented juniors.
The latest example of that is 2021 5-star guard Jessica Timmons, who released a top 6 Monday night that included the Panthers. The native of Charlotte announced a top 6 of Pitt, North Carolina State, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Wake Forest.
In her first three seasons at Mecklenburg High School, Timmons has averaged over 24 points per game and was able to go over the 1,000 point plateau in her sophomore season. This past season, Timmons averaged 24.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
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Timmons, who’s ranked as one of the Top 40 juniors in the country, is described by ESPN as an “athletic guard who manufactures shots, rises on jumper in mid-range game to the arc; brings attack mode in transition game; quick off the dribble, pressures the defense and delivers in the key; catch and shoot range from beyond the arc.”
Because recruiting is on hold for all high school athletes, there’s no indication yet if Timmons will wait to make official visits before making her college decision.