Pitt is set to host to three prospects — Guillermo Diaz-Graham, Jorge Diaz-Graham, and Akok Akok — this weekend for official visits.
Starting with Akok, he is a 6-foot-10 four man who played three seasons for UConn, tearing his Achilles in his freshman year. Since returning from his injury, he has played in 30 games, but has struggled to produce on the score sheet as many expected him to prior to the injury. However, Akok has still tremendous upside on both ends of the ball, and would fit in well in Pitt’s lineup at the four for the two years that he has left in college.
Let’s make one thing clear: the commitment of JuCo forward Fede Federiko does not, in any way, mean that Pitt is out of the running for Akok. Federiko still has plenty of areas to grow in and will most-likely come off the bench for the Panthers regardless, while Akok would come in and start right away alongside Hugley in the front court. Akok is still taking an official visit to Pitt starting Friday, and is still the Panthers’ top target at the four spot.
“Yes, those two players have different skill sets,” his AAU coach Vin Pastore told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “So, I think it would give Pitt one hell of a front court. The opportunity would be there for Akok to be a four-man, who can shoot the basketball offensively, opposite the strengths of John.”
On the other hand, the Diaz-Graham brothers are prep recruits that would come in off the bench and develop under Pitt’s current forwards. Jorge is 6-foot-10, three-star power forward, while Guillermo is a 7-foot, four-star center. The brothers moved to the United States from Spain last fall, and played this prep season at IMG Academy.
Guillermo shared a photo on Thursday night, announcing that the brothers have arrived on campus.
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Pitt currently has five open scholarships to fill after adding Federiko as well as Nelly Cummings and Blake Hinson. The Panthers recently hosted guards Meechie Johnson and Adou Thiero on visits as well.