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Jeff Capel and Staff Reach Out to Long List 2023 Prospects as Contact Period Begins

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Every year on June 15, college coaches are finally able to contact rising junior athletes whom they would like to recruit.

While coaches all around the country, including Jeff Capel, have been building these relationships for months and years prior to the date through family members, coaches, and unofficial visits, the 15th is still a noteworthy day and one filled with interest and offers every year.

Here is a list of every prospect that PSN can confirm Capel and Pitt reached out to.

Rodney Gallagher

  • 6-foot point guard out of PA
  • An obvious call for Capel, Gallagher has become Pitt’s top target in 2023 for both basketball and football
  • Also heard from Wake Forest, Ohio State

Jahnathan Lamothe

Marlon Barnes Jr. 

  • 6-foot-6, four-star SF from Brush HS in Cleveland, Recently Visited Pitt
  • Also heard from George Washington

Kwame Evans Jr.

  • 6-foot-6 SF from Baltimore. Top five player in the nation.
  • Also heard from Kentucky, Virginia, Michigan, more

Simeon Wilcher

  • Top 10 in the nation. 5-star guard out of NJ.
  • Also heard from Duke, Memphis, other big-time programs

Brandon White

  • 6’10 center, re-classified from ’22 to ’23 earlier this year. From N.C.
  • Also heard from Wake Forest, Georgia Tech Illinois, and picked up a Louisville offer on June 15.

Shawn Simmons

  • Team Durant 6-foot-6 wing. Super athletic
  • Also heard from Georgetown, NC State, Georgia, and more

GG Jackson

  • Top-30 prospect in the nation, from SC. 6-foot-8 PF.
  • “Just speaking and small talk! Just keeping the relationship going,” his dad told PSN after Capel contacted Jackson eight minutes after midnight.

  • Also heard from Tennessee, NC State, LSU, more

Tyler Williams

  • 6-foot-8 forward out of Brush HS in OH. Visited Pitt same day.
  • Also heard from Michigan, Ohio State, Cleveland State

Freddie Dilione

  • 6-foot-5 wing out of N.C.
  • Also heard from Tennessee, Wake Forest, College of Charleston

Tyler Bey

  • 6-foot-8 wing from New Jersey
  • Also heard from Providence, Bryant, Georgetown

Deshawn Harris-Smith

  • Four-star, 6-foot-4, 180-pound combo guard from Virginia
  • Also heard from LSU, Penn State, more. Picked up offers from Maryland, St Josephs, and Radford

Kachi Nzeh

  • 6-foot-8 center, plays for George School in PA. Raw prospect, started hooping freshman year.
  • Also heard from Miami, OSU, Seton Hall, more

Jaydon Young

  • 6-foot-3 combo guard from N.C.
  • “Just having a conversation about building the relationship and getting to know each other, maybe taking a visit,” he told PSN about Capel’s contact with him on June 15.

  • Also heard from Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, NC State, Ohio State, more

Wesley Tubbs III

  • 6-foot-7 SG from Charlotte, N.C.
  • Also heard from Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, more

Jalen Hooks

  • Four-star, 6-foot-6 SF from Indianapolis. Super athletic guard
  • Also heard from Michigan, Indiana, more. Planned Pitt visit for end of June

Scotty Middleton

  • 6-foot-6 G/F, Plays for NY Rens
  • O’Toole contacted him. “He told me about his background and we talked about my background a little,” he told PSN. “It was great to finally talk to him and looking forward to building a relationship with him and the Pitt family.”

  • Also heard from Kansas State, Ohio State, Nebraska, more

Horace Simmons

  • 6-foot-6 Philly-area prospect, plays for La Salle College High School
  • Also heard from Penn, La Salle, Drexel, more

Isaiah Miranda

  • 7-foot-1 center. Plays for the Phelps School in PA.
  • Also heard from Kentucky, Providence, UConn, Rutgers, more

James Johns Jr. 

  • 6-foot-5 SG from Delaware
  • Also heard from Ole Miss, Dayton, Miami, St. Joes, more

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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