Throughout the last few seasons, Pitt has lacked a true sharp-shooting player on the wing.
Ithiel Horton showed flashes of solid shooting from the outside. Nike Sibande, in limited minutes, showed he can shoot it too. Mo Gueye was a pleasant surprise and was a fantastic outside shooter for his size. But Pitt has not had a player shoot more than 132 threes in a season since Jared Wilson-Frame in 2018-19. Now, with seven scholarships to fill, the Panthers are searching for a guy that can really shoot the long ball.
That guy may just be Jason Roche, a 6-foot-5 wing who played his freshman season at The Citadel prior to entering the transfer portal recently. Roche attempted 277 threes, hitting 110 of them, at a 40% clip. He is one of, if not the best shooter in the entire transfer portal, and Pitt has been reaching out to him and recruiting him for weeks.
Put on Citadel-ETSU to get eyes on Jason Roche. A summary after 20 minutes: sprint to a corner, hold it, lift to the slot on a drive. Maybe run a baseline stagger. This is the most exciting sequence. But you're signing up for a 39 percent clip from distance. pic.twitter.com/PzQpePfR6N
— Matt Harris (@MattJHarris85) April 3, 2022
Roche told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he will soon release a top three list, and that five programs are currently recruiting him at the moment: Rice, Missouri, Pitt, St Bonaventure, and Kansas State. Roche visited Missouri and had zoom calls with both Pitt and Kansas State, but does not have any more visits planned as of now.
Davidson and Loyola Chicago reached out to him initially, but the two sides are not in talks anymore. Roche is certainly a player to watch for the Panthers.
For more on Roche and his transfer portal recruitment, visit the Now network’s transfer recruiting site, The Portal Report, below.