In a busy week of recruiting for Pitt basketball, the next prospect on the board is former Providence forward Greg Gantt, who entered his name into the transfer portal on March 13.
Gantt is a familiar name to those who have followed Pitt recruiting over the past few years, as the Fayetteville, North Carolina native was pursued heavily by the Panthers staff when he was coming out of high school. According to 247 Sports’ Composite, Gantt was a four-star prospect, ranked as the No. 67 player in his class. The Panthers made his final nine schools list but were ultimately beaten out by Providence.
In his two seasons at Providence, Gantt did not carve out a large role for coach Ed Cooley’s squad, but showed improvement from his freshman to his sophomore campaign. In his sophomore year, he averaged four points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game, appearing in 26 games and starting seven. He shot 42% from the field this season to go along with 23% from 3-point range and 69% from the free-throw line. His best game of the year came in early December against Fairleigh Dickinson, when he put up nine points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
What Gantt would bring to the Panthers is depth at the forward position, and while Justin Champagnie’s decision is still up in the air, Pitt is going to need all the help it can get building up the three and the four spots with talent. Gantt is an explosive athlete with a strong build at 6-foot-8, 220 pounds, and although he does not shoot the ball particularly well from outside, he can contribute in other places on the floor. Gantt is at his best when he plays downhill, whether it be in transition or driving the ball inside from one of the wings and finishing at the rim.
Pitt is certainly not the only one competing to land Gantt, as high-major programs Arkansas, Texas A&M, Florida, and NC State have all joined in the race, among other mid major programs as well.