It’s been quite a life-changing last couple of weeks for Mustapha Amzil.
A week and a half ago, Amzil made the move to the United States from Kotka, Finland and officially enrolled at First Love Christian Academy. Since then, Amzil has started to receive Division I offers including one Tuesday night from Jeff Capel and Pitt.
Amzil is a 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward and adds Pitt to the other offers he received this week from Boston College, Dayton, Maryland, Oklahoma State and St. John’s.
“Yesterday, I got a call from both Coach Capels from Pitt. I talked to the assistant coach first and then the head coach,” said Amzil. “They said how they liked my game, liked my versatility and how I’m able to do a lot of different things. Then they said they’d love to have me on their team and to help me reach my goals.
“Prior to the call, my coach had been telling me that they were showing some interest so I was kind of waiting but still wasn’t sure that I would be getting the offer. Getting that news from Pitt was very nice and I’m excited for it.”
Aside from knowing that Pitt plays a high level of basketball, Amzil admits that because he’s new to the country, he’s not that familiar with Pitt or any of the other programs that have offered him. But now that he’s here and is getting heavily recruited, he plans on doing much research on all of these schools.
“This last couple of weeks has been awesome,” said Amzil. “I came here one and a half weeks ago and got my first offer on the second or third day. Now, I have six or seven offers from some very good schools. It’s honestly been overwhelming. I was thinking that I could and eventually earn some offers, but I never thought they’d be coming this fast.”
“Before making my decision to come here, I was deciding whether to attend high school in the United States or stay another year in Finland. My family and I decided that I wanted to go to college and that I’d get more exposure if I came to the states for my senior year. Originally, I was supposed to attend a school in New Jersey with Tim Thomas and Kerry Kittles but because of the coronavirus, that wasn’t possible. So, a friend of my family helped me and a couple of other Finnish guys find a school. We found out about First Love and I’m very happy that things turned out this way.”
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When describing the strength of his game, Amzil told Pittsburgh Sports Now. it’s the overall game he has despite being 6’10”. He can score both from down low as well as being a threat to shoot from the outside.
The Panthers will have just one scholarship to fill in the Class of 2021 as things stand right now, as only forward Terrell Brown is currently slated to graduate. That could change if guard Nike Sibande is able to win his transfer waiver appeal with the NCAA.