On Saturday, Jeff Capel and his staff hosted numerous recruits from all over, ranging from Pittsburgh to North Carolina to Virginia.
One of the top prospects in the WPIAL, Royce Parham of North Hills, was one of those locals who made the trip.
“First, we got there and the team was practicing so we walked around the stadium and stuff like that,” Parham told Pittsburgh Sports Now about the visit. “We saw all of the training facilities, locker rooms, rehab places and stuff like that. I just really liked the colors of Pitt. They have a really nice locker room, their buildings are very nice. They have a huge gym too.”
Had a great time on my unofficial visit to Pitt today, watching practice, touring the facility and going to the football game. Big thanks to all of the coaches #H2P. @ldylion52 pic.twitter.com/U31gLrN0sK
— Royce Parham (@RoyceParham) October 23, 2021
Parham is a 6-foot-7 versatile forward who has the ability to play the three, the four, and the five spots on the court.
“He’s got great hands,” Parham’s AAU coach Tom Droney told PSN. “Great hands, great touch. Guys with touch, you don’t come by too often. He’s got great touch around the rim. Catches everything, gets his hands on balls, offensively rebounds well. Good length, going to continue to grow a little bit, too. He can alter shots on defense, block shots. He is still developing and maturing as far as his body and athleticism, but at 14 years old, he is definitely on the right track.”
While on the trip to Pitt, Parham enjoyed watching coach Capel run practice firsthand and got a taste of what the division one life is all about.
“He’s a really good coach,” he added. I have talked to him before and his brother too. He really, while he’s coaching. he really likes to talk to the players. I like his scheme in games, offensive scheme, and I really like how he talks to the players and gets involved in the drills and stuff.”
While he is still just a sophomore, Parham has already picked up an offer from Robert Morris and has already visited Duquesne and Pitt. In addition, his coach has also taken calls from Indiana and West Virginia regarding the youngster.
“I don’t know yet,” he said when asked whether or not he wants to play close to home. “It’s nice because I can have the college experience but still be home and at the same time. But I don’t know. I might leave, I might stay. We’ll see.”
Before he handles his recruitment, Parham is looking to lead this year’s North Hills squad to a WPIAL title. When asked what his main goal was for this year, he said, “WPIAL, It’s that simple.”