Oakland University transfer forward Daniel Oladapo told Pittsburgh Sports Now this morning that he planned on making a decision fairly quickly.
He wasn’t kidding.
Twenty-four hours after receiving the offer from Pitt, the six-foot-eight forward decided that he wanted his final college destination to be playing for Jeff Capel and the Pitt Panthers in the ACC. After receiving the offer from Pitt on Sunday night, Oladapo talked with different members of the Pitt staff three times, which showed how much Pitt wanted him.
“I had other schools contacting me and I was thinking about waiting a bit to see who might be interested but I took a nap this afternoon and slept on it and woke up feeling I’m ready to go to Pitt and my decision was made,” Oladapo tells PSN. “Coach Brown was a big factor in my decision. He recruited me out of high school when he was at Charleston so I knew him and trusted him.”
“Talking to Coach Brown, he said that they’re really going to help me develop and be more skilled. They believe I’m highly skilled now but they’ll be able to develop me even more. Plus, the ACC is the highest level of basketball and that also played a big part in it. I like what Coach Capel is building there and feel like we have a pretty good team coming back.”
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 he was ninth in the country with 3.8 offensive rebounds per game.
I asked Oladapo what type of player Pitt fans can expect to be watching the next two seasons.
“They’re going to be watching a six-foot-eight, versatile forward who loves the game of basketball. Someone who is passionate about winning and someone that’s a fun loving, caring person on and off the court.”
Oladapo becomes the second addition to Pitt’s 2021-22 roster, joining 2021 3-star forward Nate Santos, who committed back on April 7.