While COVID-related restrictions start to ease up around the NCAA and around the country, the Pitt basketball staff is looking to schedule some long-awaited campus visits with a number of talented high school hoopers.
One of the players that will see Pitt’s campus and facilities this summer is Silas Sunday, a 6-foot-10, 295-pound center from Ireland. Sunday moved to the United States in 2017 and has played basketball for Our Saviour Lutheran in the Bronx, New York, ever since.
“They recently called,” Sunday told Pittsburgh Sports Now about Pitt. “Yes, [I am planning a visit] when my season will be over in July. I am looking forward to seeing the school and facilities and getting to know other players.”
With his massive frame and improving skill set on the inside, Sunday is one of the more intriguing big man prospects in his class.
“My strengths on the floor would be my size, my strength, my touch, and my defensive presence,” Sunday said. “My defense is getting better, my reaction time is improving, and my feet are much quicker.”
Sunday is a three-star prospect according to 247 Sports and is ranked as the No. 199 player in the nation as well as the No. 23 center in the nation. He currently holds offers from Wake Forest, St. Johns, Rutgers, Oregon State, Nebraska, and Bryant, and is also receiving interest from Pitt, Penn State, and Tulsa at the moment.
“I’m looking for a college that would take me to the next level and help me with transforming my body,” Sunday added. “Also, [one that would] help me become a better player and somewhere that I can play.”
Sunday first started hearing from Pitt assistant coach Tim O’Toole over a year ago when he was in his sophomore season. While the he has not been offered by Pitt yet and confirmed that he will not be reclassifying to 2021, he says O’Toole checks up on him quite often.
“I would be highly blessed if they offered,” he said about the Panthers. “They would be on my list. I know they play a tough schedule and they have a good program.”
Sunday is also very good friends with current Panther Max Amadasun, who he knows from back home in Ireland.
“My relationship with Max is close,” he said. “He told me that the program is a good program.”