On Monday evening, Jeff Capel extended an offer to another 2022 prospect, this time being Judah Mintz, a combo guard from Washington D.C.
Mintz previously played at Gonzaga in D.C., but has recently transferred to the well-known basketball school Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. On recruiting sites, he is listed at 6-foot-3, 165 pounds, but Mintz is now up to 6-foot-4, 175 pounds with more muscle added on.
“I would say my best offensive strengths are getting to the rim and getting to my spots in the mid-range area,” Mintz told Pittsburgh Sports Now about his game. “Ball pressure is another one on defense. This weekend my shooting was good, just getting back into the flow of things. My jump shot has been feeling good.”
Mintz is a fantastic finisher in traffic who has a very smooth handle on the ball inside and outside of the lane. He is near impossible to stay in front of in transition and is one of the more explosive guards in the class. With a solid mid-range and three-point shooting game, the sky is the limit offensively for Mintz.
According to both Rivals and 247 Sports, Mintz is a four-star prospect, however Rivals has him ranked a little higher at No. 75 in the nation while 247 has him at No. 92.
After a strong showing in last weekend’s Pitt JamFest AAU Tournament in the Pittsburgh area, Mintz found out some good news from the nearby program. On Monday, Mintz finally received his Pitt offer from Capel, after months of being recruiting by Panthers assistant Milan Brown.
“He [Capel] was telling me how he liked that I could play on both ends of the ball, both on the ball and off the ball.”
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In multiple conversations with PSN over the course of the past few months of his recruitment, Mintz has brought up former Pitt guard Xavier Johnson when talking about the Panthers program. While he does not personally know Johnson, he is from the same region, the DMV, as Johnson, and watched Johnson’s career at Pitt closely.
“I know they like to play through their guards,” Mintz said about Pitt. “I watched X play a few games last year, and he really ran the show for them. So I know they really like to play through their guards.”
While he is not entirely familiar with the program and the school just yet, Mintz did add that playing in the ACC is something that would certainly interest him.
“The ACC is consistently one of the best conferences in the country this year,” he said. “There is a lot of big-time talent, big-time teams every year.”
Since the COVID-19 outbreak last year, Pitt has been forced to host recruits on zoom visits, showing them videos and graphics of the campus rather than actually bringing them in person to see Pitt. However, the wait for an actual visit may be ending soon. Mintz says, with easing restrictions, the staff is working to plan a visit for him in the coming months.
“We haven’t planned anything specifically yet, but, I know they are trying to get me up there in June, so we will see what happens.”