As Pitt continues to pursue 2022 prospects, the next target is a prospect from Richmond, Virginia by the name of Justyn Fernandez.
Fernandez is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound combo guard who plays his high school ball for Virginia Episcopal School and D.C. Premier.
— Justyn Fernandez (@JustynFernande4) April 20, 2021
Fernandez is a hard-nosed, tough guard who prides himself on his ability to bully smaller guards and get into the lane. With his strong frame and explosive athleticism, Fernandez is able to stretch the floor on offense and lock down smaller guards on defense.
“Just getting downhill in transition and getting to the cup,” he said about his best strength of his game. “My shooting is there. Everything is good with my shooting. Everything is locked in. My defense is there as well. I am looking to take that next step but it is definitely solid right now.”
For Pitt, assistant coach Milan Brown has been recruiting Fernandez, and is currently trying to find a date for him to come take a look at Pitt’s campus.
“He really likes what he sees,” Fernandez said about Coach Brown. “He likes my size, my transition ability, he likes that I can shoot the ball, and yeah, that’s really it.”
Fernandez says he doesn’t know much at all about the program yet, but is looking forward to building his relationship with Brown and the rest of the staff.
While he is unranked on recruiting sites, Fernandez is a high-major recruit and has a long list of schools recruiting him hard. He said that East Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia, Illinois, and Georgetown were some of those going after him with the most consistency.
“I definitely wouldn’t mind going away,” he said about potentially committing to a school far from home. “Everything on the East Coast is pretty even from where I live, they are all kind of even to get to, so it doesn’t really matter.”
Although he does not hold an offer from Pitt yet, he is looking at a few ACC schools and says the conference would definitely be one he would want to play in.
“For sure, that’d be dope,” he said. “It would be my dream to play in the ACC.”
6’6 guard/wing displayed quick-twitch explosion at the rim, perimeter shotmaking ability + NBA range and flashed some shot-creating ability off the bounce. pic.twitter.com/F8gFb2UwM7
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