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Pitt Basketball Lands Commitments from Spanish Twins, Jorge and Guillermo Diaz-Graham

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On Wednesday afternoon, Jorge and his twin brother Guillermo Diaz-Graham told Pittsburgh Sports Now that they have both committed to Pitt to play for head coach Jeff Capel.

“It was a tough decision because we loved all of the schools and the visits were great,” Jorge Diaz-Graham told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “But I think what Pitt had, it was a lot of things that made it a little bit better. I feel like every school was good for us, but we just took for Pitt because we thought it was our best chance to play in the ACC.”

The two brothers, who will be freshman at Pitt next season, played for IMG Academy this year after moving from Spain to the States last fall. Jorge is 6-foot-10 forward, while Guillermo is a 7-foot forward. The brothers moved from their home in the Canary Islands this year to hoop at a high level, and saw their recruitments blow up to the high-major Division I ranks. After taking an official visit to Pitt last week, the brothers knew that Pittsburgh was going to be their new home.

“I think my favorite part was the people there,” Guillermo told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I loved everyone, everyone was super nice to us and to my family, so I would say the people. The city was really beautiful too.”

While they have been playing together their whole lives, the two brothers will now have the chance to play at the high-major level, something they have always dreamed of.

“I think it’s fun and important because as a freshman, it is always hard the first year,” Jorge said about heading to college with his brother. “Being with my twin brother, I think, is going to help us because you have the support of your family. Also, for being international, it helps also. Having your brother with you at all times makes you feel better.”

Pitt has been recruiting the twins hard all winter and spring, and beat out schools such as UMass and Utah in the recruiting process. Capel and his staff won the brothers over while on the visit, and now have a strong relationship with them heading into their freshman year.

“So I first met him [Capel] on the visit there, and since the first moment, he was super nice to us and we went to dinner with him,” Guillermo added. “Since the first moment he was a fun guy. We talked with him a lot. Super funny, good guy. My mom and my dad, they love him too. My mom, after the first day when we got to the room, she was like, ‘Woah, that was the head coach? Oh my god, he was super nice to everyone!'”

The Panthers have now added five players this offseason: Jorge and Guillermo, Nelly Cummings, Blake Hinson, and Fede Federiko. Guards Jamarius Burton and Nike Sibande will be returning, as well as star big John Hugley. They still have three spots to fill, but now have a much more complete roster than at the beginning of the offseason. Needless to say, the brothers are looking forward to playing with some experiences studs.

“I think John is a great center and he’s a great fit for us,” Guillermo said. “From what I have heard, he loves to share the ball and he’s a really good center. I feel like we are going to be great with him because we love to share the ball too. It’s going to fun to play.”

According to On3, Jorge is ranked as the No. 76 player in the class of 2022, while Guillermo is ranked as the No. 89 player in the class. The two brothers’ stock has shot up in recent weeks, as they are now both top-100 recruits.

“My own goals, I want to improve my game,” Guillermo said. “Just help the team to win. I think the most important thing here is to win. Myself, I want to try to improve my game, to get more physical, more athletic, so I can help the team achieve the goal of winning.”

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TJ
TJ
6 months ago

welcome aboard ! H2P

Chasman54
Chasman54
6 months ago

Great get lots of potential with these two studs

Joe Cursi
Joe Cursi
6 months ago
Reply to  Chasman54

Studs??? Lol!

RonDon
RonDon
6 months ago

Everyone that has been shitting on Capel’s recruiting, this is a pretty good class considering there’s decent transfers as well.

Joe Cursi
Joe Cursi
6 months ago
Reply to  RonDon

Really?

Michael
Michael
6 months ago

I couldn’t help but notice William Jeffress wasn’t mentioned above. I believe he is returning as well… I am hoping that he makes a Wannamaker-like jump from sophomore to junior year. Is that a pipe dream?

David S
David S
6 months ago
Reply to  Michael

Yes, in my opinion. He has no confidence on offense. Not sure how you change that. Hope I’m wrong, as he seems like a nice guy.

Bob S
Bob S
6 months ago
Reply to  Michael

That would be great

Giovanni
Giovanni
6 months ago

Relationship building is vital — especially with Europeans. A very nice get.

Gary O'Shell
Gary O'Shell
6 months ago

Hmm. Where are all those people who were slamming Capel earlier today?

Felton, Family & Friends
Felton, Family & Friends
6 months ago
Reply to  Gary O'Shell

Where have you been for the last 4 years ?

Gary O'Shell
Gary O'Shell
6 months ago

Following Pitt. Pulling for my teams to build solid, winning programs, while not screaming for the head of the coach when he doesn’t do what I want. Realizing the hole both programs were in, giving the coach every chance to succeed, and having at least enough sense to know that burning it down and starting over is idiotic. That’s where I’ve been.

Felton, Family & Friends
Felton, Family & Friends
6 months ago
Reply to  Gary O'Shell

What I was referring to….was, where have you been on here, during all these horrid losing seasons and some monumental lopsided losses and player bailouts. Not to mention the inexcusable losses to Citadel & St Francis, etc. Loyalty is good to an extent. Like in being loyal to Ralph Willard or Dave Hart.

Last edited 6 months ago by Felton, Family & Friends
Mtgj
Mtgj
6 months ago

Great get. Very high ceiling with these kids.

Felton, Family & Friends
Felton, Family & Friends
6 months ago

Good they got some more bodies. I read the article here and on the Trib….,.,no mention of what these kids weigh. It must be ridiculously low or they would have printed it.
Better get some lots of Pittsburgh Italian food…..O Fries would have been convenient but it’s gone.

Tommy Boy
Tommy Boy
6 months ago

you want them to get heart attacks? 🙂

Felton, Family & Friends
Felton, Family & Friends
6 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Boy

Didn’t hurt DeJuan. lol

Tommy Boy
Tommy Boy
6 months ago

These cats are gonna get dunked on regularly. Their pictures even look slow.

Felton, Family & Friends
Felton, Family & Friends
6 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Boy

You’re right….they’re gonna be perimeter players even moreso than Guey was.
They really need to gain some poundage so they won’t get pounded.

Dukes

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