As Jeff Capel and his staff look to re-establish a once prominent New York-to-Pitt recruiting pipeline, there are multiple prospects that have the talent to lead the way and become future Panthers.
One of those prospects is Jayquan Sanders, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard out of Our Saviour Lutheran High School. Sanders is a tough, hard-nosed playmaker that can play either the one or the two. A classic New York player, Sanders can guard multiple positions and is tough to stop when he drives through the lane. He also prides himself on his shooting ability from both inside and outside the arc.
“My best strengths are my IQ, looking for my teammates, and my shooting,” Sanders told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I can shoot from anywhere. My defense is pretty good right now. That is what I was lacking, but I am picking up more and more by practicing my defense every day.”
For a couple of months now, Sanders has been contacted by Pitt on occasion. He has had multiple talks with assistant coach Tim O’Toole, a New York native himself.
“He tells me that he likes my game, that I am a dog,” Sanders added. “He thinks I would be a great kid overall to play at Pitt. He feels like I can take them a long way if I play at Pitt.”
While Sanders has not received an offer yet from the Panthers, he does know a good amount about the program already.
“I heard that Pitt has a lot of hard workers,” he said. “Their coaches don’t let down. They make sure you’re right in every way. They make sure you’re a student first and an athlete second. I heard they sent some people to the NBA, like Steven Adams. They have a lot of people that make it far, and I feel like I can be one of them if I go to Pitt.”
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According to 247 Sports’ composite rankings, Sanders is ranked as the No. 159 player in the nation and a three-star prospect. The site also has him listed as the No. 2 player in the state of New York, behind former Pitt target and now Ohio State commit Roddy Gayle.
In addition to Pitt, He is also being recruited by Illinois, Kansas State, Creighton, St. Johns, Seton Hall, Hofstra, Holy Cross, Michigan, and more.
“Whichever college is the best fit for me, I’ll go there,” he said. “Whether it is close to home, if it’s not close to home, I feel like I’ll be good.”