Last offseason, the Pitt staff were able to land forward Mo Gueye via the transfer portal. Gueye turned into a pleasant surprise as he went on to average 9.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, Gueye only had one season of athletic eligibility, so they’ll need to replace his production.
Interestingly, Pitt may replace Mo with another player with the first name Mo.
Jeff Capel and his staff have reached out to Eastern Michigan forward Mo Njie, who entered the NCAA Transfer Portal on Friday. This past season for Stan Heath and Eastern Michigan, the 6-foot-10, 245-pound forward, who’s from Centerville, Ohio, was named to the All-Freshman Team in the MAC after recording 6.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in just 19 minutes per game. Njie shot an impressive 61.9% from the field and 50% from 3-point range. Njie’s best game of the season came in the season finale against Miami, Ohio, as he scored 16 points and 10 rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.
Pitt’s need to add real frontcourt talent isn’t a secret and they didn’t waste any time reaching out to Njie.
“I loved Eastern Michigan. The academics were amazing, the coaching staff and my teammates were great but for me, I believe that I can take my game to an elite level and to the next level,” Njie told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I want to take my game to a higher stage and Pitt is possibly giving me that opportunity. I believe that I can give a team real good versatility, I’m 6’10” and I’m long. I can contest a lot of shots around the rim, I can finish with both hands, I have nice touch around the rim from anywhere from the free throw line in I believe that I have real nice touch. I also believe that my basketball IQ got a lot better from the beginning of the season until the end.”
“With my offensive skills, I believe that I will benefit a team around the rim. As I said, I can finish with both hands which I believe is crucial for any big man. I also can step out behind the three point line and knock down some threes and some mid-range jumpers. I can handle the ball inside and can do the dribble handoffs and all that stuff.”
It was Pitt Assistant Head Coach Milan Brown that made initial contact with Njie and it’s very likely that won’t be the talk that the two sides have.
“Coach Brown reached out to me and discussed an opportunity for me to play at Pitt,” said Njie. “For me to play at the next level and how they can help get my game to another level. At Pitt, I’d have the opportunity to compete in practice every day with guys my size, day in and day out which will only get me better. I believe that I can fit very well into their offense. He told me they’re in need of a big man and they feel that I can fill that role.”
Along with Pitt, Njie has also received early interest from Virginia Tech, BYU, Tulsa, Stetson, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Wilmington. That list will no doubt increase in the coming days.
“I’m most definitely going to come down and take a visit to Pitt and check out what they have to offer me both athletically and academically. A date isn’t set in stone yet, but I’ll for sure be down there for a visit.”