It’s no secret that the Pitt basketball team needs to add some size and an imposing figure to their front court and Jeff Capel has made that a focal point for his Class of 2021.
The Pitt staff has been busy this off-season on Zoom meetings with four-star center Franck Kepnang, four-star center Efton Reid and three-star center Gabe Wiznitzer. Another name can be added to that list as Pitt extended an offer Thursday night to 2021 four-star center Bretner Mutombo.
Mutombo (6-foot-11, 215 pounds) is a four-star recruit from talent-rich Patrick School (Elizabeth, New Jersey) as he played this past season with five-star recruit Jonathan Kuminga and four-star center Adama Sanogo, someone Pitt tried very hard to land. Along with this offer from Pitt, Mutombo holds offers from Florida, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Xavier, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia and TCU.
In case you were wondering, Bretner Mutombo is no relation to former NBA great Dikembe Mutombo, but has a similar game as he’s an imposing shot-blocker with long arms, a very good rebounder with an offensive game that’s still developing.
Mutombo got the call from Capel last night and talked with Pittsburgh Sports Now afterwards about his thoughts on the offer and impressions of his first extensive conversation with Pitt.
“My conversation with the Pitt coaching staff was really good because I had a chance to talk with the entire staff and something they said that I liked was how they want guys who can the job that others aren’t willing to do,” said Mutombo. “I say that because the strengths of my game are that I’m good at blocking shots, getting rebounds, diving on the floor to get a loose balls and running rim to rim on both sides of the court.
“The Pitt coaches really like that and they think I can be a good fit for their program.”
Mutombo enjoyed having the chance to talk extensively and getting to know Capel, the coach and person.
“My impression about Coach Capel is that I can see that he’s more than just a good coach, he’s a good guy, a good brother and a good father. In general, he just seems like a good man, same with his little brother and the other Pitt assistants. They all seem like good people and it was a pleasure for me to be able to talk with them,” said Mutombo.
This likely won’t be the last time these two sides talk but this rising talent left last night with a good impression of the Pitt Panther program.
“My initial interest in the Pitt program is that they are like family and it’s not something that they just say, they show it to you and I like their mindset and the way they are locked into trying to win.”