Update on Recruitment of Former Pitt Wing Au’Diese Toney
It’s not a surprise that Au’Diese Toney’s phone has been very busy since making the decision to leave the Pitt Panthers basketball program.
Programs are intrigued with the Toney because of his steady growth and development as a player since arriving at Pitt three seasons ago. The 6-foot-6 wing is a premier defensive player along with his ability to rebound both offensively and defensively.
The intriguing part of Toney’s game is the improvement he’s made offensively as he’s improved his scoring average every season. Toney averaged 7.5 points/game as a freshman and followed that up his second year by scoring 9.5 points/game. Prior to his departure this season, Toney was averaging 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest. This despite never being one of the featured player in the Panthers offense.
Since entering the transfer portal, Toney has heard from programs such as Texas A&M, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Arizona, Providence, Vanderbilt, UConn, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Washington State, Seton Hall, Florida, Ole Miss, Missouri, Western Kentucky, Wichita State, Cincinnati, South Florida, UAB, East Carolina, Charlotte and UNC-Greensboro.
In terms of Zoom calls, which are important now since on-campus visits are not yet permitted, Pittsburgh Sports Now has been told that Toney had one yesterday with the staff from Wake Forest.
Monday, Toney is scheduled to conduct Zoom calls with the coaching staffs from both Texas A&M and Xavier. Previously, he’s conducted Zoom calls with Providence, Georgia, Arkansas and NC State.
Where’s told that whenever he feels comfortable making his decision that’s when he will make it and has no time frame.
Toney is originally from Jasper, Alabama and was a four-star prospect coming out of high school. Before ultimately choosing Pitt, the 6-foot-6 wing was deciding between Virginia Tech, Charlotte, Connecticut, and East Carolina, three of which are again pursuing him.