On Friday, Pitt target Dominick Barlow delivered one of the most eye-popping performances out of anyone in Day 3 of Nike EYBL competition in South Carolina, catching the attention of numerous college coaches.
The 6-foot-9 forward from New Jersey put up 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting today in front of a boatload of college coaches, national reporters, and scouts in a win over Vegas Elite.
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“It was a great game,” Barlow told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “We were able to close it out in the fourth for a 17-point win. I felt like I played good, I was impacting the game offensively and defensively, my effort was there, and I was just making the right plays.”
For Barlow, the environment was one in which he saw potential. Coaches from all over, many who came to watch his five-star teammate Kyle Filipowski, had their eyes on him as well.
“I don’t really view it as pressure, I view it more as an opportunity,” he added. “We have a team goal in mind that we are trying to accomplish. College coaches there or not, we are going to be ourselves and play how we play.”
After the game, Barlow picked up offers from Seton Hall, Illinois, Xavier, and St. Bonaventure. He also said that blue-blood Kansas reached out and started to show interest after today’s game.
First EYBL game in front of college coaches and Dom Barlow is everywhere. All over the floor. Hammering dunks.
Already had high-major offers, but recruitment is about to blow-up.
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One of the coaches in attendance was Pitt head coach Jeff Capel, who had communicated with Barlow prior to the game letting him know that he would be there watching court-side.
“I told Capel yesterday that I thought I didn’t play that well yesterday,” Barlow said. “He told me that he was coming tomorrow [Friday], so I told him that I would play a better game today. I was just happy that I was able to do that. He told me that I was able to bounce back and had a real good game. He was proud of me for being able to keep my word.”
Back in mid-April, Capel became the first high-major coach to offer Barlow, who at the time was being recruited by smaller schools such as Siena, Quinnipiac, St. Peters, and Fairleigh Dickinson. Pitt entered the mix early, and later on when June rolled around, Capel was sure to get Barlow on campus for an official visit, which once again was Barlow’s first.
“Obviously, it is extremely important just knowing that they were there when nobody else was,” Barlow said about Pitt. “Our relationship is great and I am happy that I have the possibility to go there.”
Barlow wrapped up his official visit to Pitt back on June 24, and just over three weeks later, the thing that he remembers most is his time spent in the Petersen Events Center.
“Probably just being in that arena,” he said when asked what was the most memorable part of his visit. “That arena was dope. Just a crazy experience seeing the stadium, and it was just huge. Imagining myself playing there was just going through my mind.”
Pitt’s lone 2022 commit, Judah Mintz, is also playing in the Nike EYBL for Team Durant, who he has led to a 2-0 start with performances of 19 and 16 points, respectively. When asked whether or not Mintz has talked to Barlow about Pitt yet, Barlow hinted at a possible conversation in the future.
“No, me and Judah haven’t been able to talk yet,” he said. “But, I am pretty sure we are going to talk soon.”
Barlow, who is unranked on recruiting sites, still does not have an exact timetable for his commitment.
“I have no idea right now I am just focused on trying to win Peach Jam,” he said when asked when he will narrow his list and commit to a school. “But, all of those decisions are probably going to come after Peach Jam.”