Since arriving at Pitt, Jeff Capel hasn’t been shy about approaching and recruiting elite high school talent.
The Panthers have already received a commitment from elite 2022 4-star guard Jalen Hood-Schifino and Pitt is looking for a premiere point guard to pair with him in the Panthers backcourt.
Last night at midnight, college coaches were permitted to contact players in the Class of 2022 and Capel wasted little time reaching out to a top point guard who’s also one of the top sophomores in the country.
Jaden Bradley (6’2″, 160) is rated as a 5-star point guard and one of the Top 10 overall players in the country. With this sort of ranking, it’s not surprising that he already holds offers from North Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Xavier.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up Monday morning with Bradley to talk about his interaction with Capel along with what will be a hectic next couple of years getting recruited by the elite programs in college basketball.
“I’m really excited to get my recruiting process going,” Bradley told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I’m just going to try and start building relationships with the coaches, which I think will be pretty fun and cool as I’m able to see what they have to say. I’m really going to be focused on how these coaches and programs treat and use their point guards. I want to see the sets they run, what the environment is like around their programs in order to find a place that best fits me and a place where I’ll be able to have the most success.”
Capel obviously knows about playing point guard and developing talent that gets to the NBA, two things that have the eye of Bradley.
“Coach Capel texted me and said he’d like to build a relationship with me over the next couple of years. He said that they’d love to have me as a point guard and as a leader of his team. He really wants to build a solid relationship with me and looks forward to doing that,” said Bradley.
“Coach Capel was a great player back in his day. I think if I was to go to Pitt that I could learn a lot from him. From a player’s perspective, I believe that he could teach me a lot of things. He’s awesome.”
Pitt along with the other programs that recruit Bradley will be going to a different school to see him as he’s transferred from the Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
“My old school Cannon is a great school and the coaches were great to me but IMG just has a lot of high level players. I figure that if I surround myself with a lot of high level players that would rub off on me and would make me better and make me want to work harder. Plus, the coaching staff were all point guards back in their playing days, so they’ll be able to teach me things that I can improve on.”