On Thursday morning, Pitt offered 6-foot-9 forward Jonathan Beagle from the class of 2022, and it sure was a special one for him.
“It meant a lot,” Beagle told Pittsburgh Sports Now about the Pitt offer, which was his first high-major offer. “I was super excited, because I have been watching them and I have known Pittsburgh for a while. I have been watching them since I was a kid. It means a lot, for sure, for them being my first Power Five school, it meant a lot.”
— Jonathan Beagle (@jbeagle15) May 27, 2021
Beagle, a Hudson Falls, New York native, is unranked, and also holds offers from UMass, Siena, and Albany. The 225-pound forward now plays for St. Thomas More, a prep school in Connecticut, after transferring from his hometown high school. After starting to hear from Pitt just a few days ago, he now holds his an offer from a school that he has seen plenty of in the past.
“Coach Capel offered this morning,” he said. “I had been talking to Coach O’Toole for a couple of days. This morning, Coach Capel and I talked about how I could fit into their system and how I could play. I talked about how I watched them and we talked about Justin Champagnie. We talked about similarities that I had with some players that he has seen and coached. I like Champagnie because he is a 6-foot-6 power forward, and he had a high motor. I liked how he played, a lot, for sure.”
Beagle says Pitt’s staff loved what they saw out of him, and thinks that he can bring a winning mentality to the program.
“They were telling me just how they always want to win,” Beagle added. “They are ready to win. They were telling me how they play with a chip on their shoulder because they know how good they can be.”
While he is unranked, Beagle has a lot of promise and clearly the Pitt staff liked what they saw from the junior.
“My best strengths are that I play with a high motor, I can shoot, and then rebounding and inside scoring,” he said. “I play the four. My three-point shooting is good, it is getting up there as my confidence grows. Coming into the season, it was more known that I was going to play the stretch four, but I proved that I can play inside too. My defensive abilities are really good too. I get into position better than a lot of people that may be more athletic than me.”
— Jonathan Beagle (@jbeagle15) April 8, 2021
While he has not planned a visit to campus yet, he says he would “definitely love to” soon. Beagle plans to narrow his list after the Peach Jam AAU tournament later in the summer, and commit to a school in October.