Pitt remains very active scouting talent in the ever expanding NCAA Transfer Portal.
A big priority is acquiring size for their front court with someone who can provide offense as well as take care of business on the boards. Jeff Capel has zeroed in on a player he thinks can help the Panthers in those regards and extended an offer.
Oakland junior forward Dan Oladapo recently entered the transfer portal and immediately heard from the Pitt coaching staff. Last season, Oladapo started 30 games and averaged 12.9 points and 8.8 rebounds. His nine double-doubles was good for 27th in the country and was ninth in the country with 3.8 offensive rebounds per game.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke Monday morning with Oladapo, who told us about his call with Pitt that landed him the offer and his timeline for making a decision.
“Yesterday was when Pitt first contacted me and they offered me during our conversation,” said Oladapo. “After talking with one of their assistants, I actually got to talk to Coach Jeff Capel for between 15-30 minutes. He told me he’d love to have me and that I had an offer.”
”Our talks have continued today as we get to know one another. I messaged earlier this morning with Jason Capel and am actually texting right now as I talk to you with Coach Capel again. One thing that’s caught their attention about me was my ability to rebound and ability to make plays and score in the post as a 6’7”, 6’8” player.”
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Joining Pitt in showing initial interest were South Carolina and Saint Bonaventure. However, since receiving the Pitt offer last night, Oladapo has heard from Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Texas A&M.
”I didn’t know what to say after getting the offer from Pitt,” said Oladapo. “ACC offers just don’t get thrown at people so I’m definitely blessed. I’m definitely excited and feel like it’s a blessing to be getting interest from all these schools.”
While he feels blessed and would probably receive more interest if he waited to hear from more schools, Oladapo doesn’t plan on taking much time in making a decision.
”I’m definitely going to try and make a decision as quickly as I can knowing how many people are in the transfer portal and spots could fill up quickly and I could miss my opportunity. My timetable for making a decision is probably this week. Probably this week I’ll announce my next college destination.”