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Pitt 4-Star SG Target Kyle Cuffe Jr. Commits to Kansas

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On Saturday evening, four-star Class of 2022 combo guard Kyle Cuffe Jr. committed to Kansas, choosing the Jayhawks over Pitt, St. John’s, Georgia, Kansas State and Texas A&M. 

The four-star combo guard Cuffe cut his list to six back on Nov. 13 and made his decision Saturday night at Gauchos Gym in the Bronx, New York.

A top-100 player on almost every recruiting site, the 6-foot-2 Cuffe is ranked as high as no. 78 in the country according to Rivals. Cuffe is as explosive a guard that you will see at the high school level. He is never afraid to go up against bigger defenders inside and also possesses a consistent outside game. On defense, Cuffe’s active hands lead to many steals, resulting in effortless transition points for his team. 

Back in April, Cuffe caught up with Pittsburgh Sports Now and broke down his relationship with Pitt head coach Jeff Capel.

“Coach told me that he liked how I compete and that I never back down, that was the main thing that he liked about my game,” Cuffe said. “He said, yeah there’s always going to be athleticism, there’s always going to be skill but the one thing that he really likes about me is that I compete, I’m aggressive and that I always work hard.”

Although they have no commits yet, Pitt has developed some relationships with 2022 players, specifically guards, which appear to be going well. After the de-commitment of four-star 2022 guard Jalen Hood-Schifino and the recent recruiting losses of Roddy Gayle, JaQuan Carlos, and now Cuffe Jr., Pitt has failed to land a commitment for 2022 early on. Gayle committed to Ohio State, Carlos to Hofstra, and now Cuffe to Kansas.

Pitt has just two scholarships currently expected to be available in the 2021 class, and also does not have a commitment in that class.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Carter Spruill
Carter Spruill
5 months ago

I don’t think that is that big of a deal that we lost out on him. I think Will Jefferess is going to be a stud at the #2 position next year. I would like to see Pitt get a stud point guard that can shoot the 3.

Mtgj
Mtgj
5 months ago

Really need a point guard next year that can take over for Johnson in 2022.
I think odukale is going to be solid moving forward, but in order to play with the big boys you need top notch guards Hopefully capel can start getting a 5 star kid every once in a while

 
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