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Top-20 Forward Amani Hansberry Enjoys Pitt Visit, Compares It to Other ACC Visits



On Monday afternoon, Pitt hosted Amani Hansberry, a top-20 prospect in the nation who is from Washington D.C.

“The visit went great,” Hansberry told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “My first impression, it was, like, city. But once I got to campus, that is when I saw that you can kind of get the best of both worlds. There’s a little bit of grass, then you go around the corner, around the block, and it’s a city. So, I enjoyed it.”

Hansberry is a 6-foot-8, 225 pound power forward who plays for St. John’s College High School and the loaded 16u Team Durant squad on the Nike EYBL circuit. Hansberry holds offers from a number of high-major schools, including Kansas, Wake Forest, Penn State, NC State in the past month. He received an offer from Pitt all the way back on Sept. 9, and will now be able to hear directly from the staff starting June 15.

“My favorite part was definitely meeting the coaches, I got a good feel for who they are personality wise and their rules and aspirations and everything like that.”

This was Hansberry’s first time meeting Pitt Head Coach Jeff Capel, and he would be the first to admit that he was a little bit intimidated by the man in charge at the start of the visit.

“At first, he came off definitely as an intimidating guy, just by the way he carried himself,” he said, laughing. “He was very confident in his program and his resources and I just think that he is a hardworking guy, for sure.”

Hansberry has already visited NC State and Wake Forest, and felt that all three visits were pretty similar. However, he did find some differences in the facilities, something that most recruits would not bring up.

“Wake Forest, the facilities were top-notch, definitely. They had everything the players really needed. From food to resources, when it comes to health and treatment. Compare that to Pitt? That was a little bit above Pitt’s facilities, but not by too much. Pitt kind of caught up because it’s got the hospital right across the street as that resource. NC State’s facilities were on par with Pitt’s. Pitt did a good job.”

Hansberry plays for a loaded Team Durant 16u squad which includes Rodney Gallagher, Kwame Evans Jr., Shawn Simmons, and Jahnathan Lamothe, who all have offers from Pitt. When asked if there was one player he would want to team up with in college, however, he could not name one. 

“All of them, really,” Hansberry said. “I would really love to play with all of them atr the next level. Everybody on my team is good. We all love to share the ball, and we all just play really well together. Pretty much anybody I can play with I will.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
1 year ago

Can score with either hand inside. Impressive.

Joe Bunda
Joe Bunda
1 year ago

Pitt never gets any of these guys, maybe Capel should focus on players who may actually come to Pitt.

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