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.”