On Sunday, Jeff Capel offered another small forward in the 2022 class, looking to land a teammate to play alongside current commit Judah Mintz.
This offer went out to Ven-Allen Lubin, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound small forward out of Orlando, Florida, who has seen his recruitment pick up with steam as of late. Since June 21, Lubin has picked up offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Pitt. Four of those came over this past weekend, in which he averaged 26.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
“This weekend went well,” Lubin told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I was really impressed with my performance because that is what earned me those offers and led to coaches contacting me. They are really interested in me playing because I just did what I always do.I just wanted to make plays for others and make plays for myself. I made myself known on defense and on offense, so it was good for me to experience that. When I got those offers, I was very grateful to hear from them. I can now go learn more about their programs and see where they can take me in the future.”
— Ven-Allen Lubin®️ (@LubinVen) July 11, 2021
After his tournament concluded, he picked up a phone call from Capel, who had some good news for the rising senior prospect.
“He wanted to tell me he was impressed with how I played this weekend,” Lubin said about Capel. “He could see me fitting well with their program with how they play, he could see me playing how I played this weekend for them. He thinks it would be a great fit. He called and just said he was offering me and that he was really looking forward to seeing how much I can improve and see me in his program.”
Although he is not very familiar with Pitt, ever since picking up the offer, Lubin has been eager to learn more about the school, the city, and the program.
“I am starting to do a little bit more research on Pittsburgh and Jeff Capel,” he continued. “I heard they have really good coaches and I have seen a couple of highlights of their basketball team. I have seen that they play aggressive, they always play with a chip on their shoulder, they play tough, they just leave it all on the floor. Wherever they go, they’re just going to go get it. They play hard, and that is what I have seen while watching them.”
While recruiting sites list him as a power forward, Lubin says he plays more of the three position and considers himself a small forward. At 220 pounds, he has a strong frame and likes to use it to his advantage against his competition.
“I would say my best strength is to be a slasher,” he said. “Just to protect the rim, make plays off it, I play above the rim on stop-ad-pop, pick and roll. I make plays for others and defend well, I can defend one through five, and I am also a great rebounder, that’s one of my strengths as well. I just continue to play aggressively on both ends of the floor and just be a vocal leader.”
Lubin currently does not have any visits planned for July or the rest of the summer and into the fall, but is hoping to commit to a school during his senior year.