Jeff Capel and his staff could be making plenty of drives to Washington, Pa. For the second time this year, Pitt has extended an offer to a player on the First Love Christian Academy roster.
Wednesday night, Capel called 2022 forward Fray Nguimbi (6-foot-9, 190) to give him the news his latest offer was from Pitt. Nguimbi also holds offers from Alabama, Dayton, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa State, Little Rock, Louisiana-Monroe, Rutgers, Samford, South Florida, Southeastern Louisiana and Stetson
Nguimbi is a native of Republic of Congo and transferred to First Love Academy from Orlando, Fla. within the last week.
Earlier this year, Pitt offered talented First Love 2022 point guard Mason Manning, who is heavily on Capel’s radar.
“Coach Capel texted me first this morning and asked me what I knew about Pitt,” Nguimbi told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I told him that I know Pitt is a good school in the ACC conference. He then asked me if he could give me a call and I said ‘yes.’ After that, he called me and seemed excited to talk to me and I was really excited to talk to him. He asked me who my favorite player was and I told him Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics). He then said he’d love for me to be a part of their team and offered me.
“Coach told me that he was impressed with how hard I work and play. He said from watching me play, he could tell that I love playing the game of basketball. I love the game of basketball because that’s all I got. I came to the United States because of basketball so I have to love it and work as hard as I can.”
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In terms of his strengths on the court, Nguimbi told PSN that he’s always on attack mode at the rim whether on offense or defense. The rising star says that aside from around the rim and beating his defender 1-on-1, he’s able to score from medium range and is currently working to improve shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.
With his profile rising and the strength of the First Love program, Nguimbi is a name that we will continue to hear and that’s something he’s excited about and can’t wait to officially get on the court with his new team.
“It’s been really amazing,” said Nguimbi. “I first started playing when I moved to Florida and when I moved here six days ago, college coaches have kept calling me and my coaches. They love me and the way I play the game. It’s been really positive since I arrived here.”