When it comes to guards in the 2022 class, Pitt has had its fair share of ups and downs during the recruiting process.
Five-star Jalen Hood-Schifino committed, then de-committed. Four star, top-50 prospect Judah Mintz committed, then de-committed.
In addition to those guards, several highly ranked players such as Dom Barlow, Ryan Dunn, Daniel Skillings, MJ Rice, and more, chose to take their talents elsewhere even after visiting Pitt.
Now, the Panthers’ staff has turned its attention to several 2022 prospects, including Avery Brown, who are still on the board.
However, how hard are the Panthers going after Brown?
“Pitt is not recruiting me as hard as other programs,” Brown told PSN. “They have been off and on with keeping in touch. I know they are in search for a guard so I’m sure they have their eyes on multiple guys. I can only control what I can control, if they aren’t two feet in with me then it is what it is.”
Brown is a 6-foot-4-point guard out of Northfield Mt. Hermon, a boarding school in Connecticut. According to the 247 Sports Composite, Brown is ranked as the No. 134 player in the nation. At that spot, he is the fifth-best guard left on the table in the 2022 class, behind Judah Mintz, Desmond Claude, and two others.
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Brown said that recently, he has heard from Arizona Stats, Colorado, Wake Forest, Buffalo, NIU, and Nebraska, among others. He has already taken official visits to Colorado and Nebraska, and holds additional offers from Indiana, St. John’s, and more.
“Recruitment is open though,” he added. “[It’s] been a crazy process but I know at the end of the day I’m going to be where I need to be. I think during the second half of the season coaches will realize there isn’t a guard better that makes plays and play defense better than me.”
For Pitt, associate head coach Tim O’Toole has been handling the recruitment of Brown.
“The conversations are really just him keeping me up to date with who they are playing and how the games go,” Brown said. “Also talk about what they need to bring in, he says they need my toughness and ability to make plays.”
As for a potential visit to Pitt, Brown said that he is interested if the staff is.
“Yeah, we have talked about me getting on campus in the past,” he said. “If they go through with what they said I will for sure be looking forward to it.”