As the Pitt football program continues to host recruits of all ages, the Pitt hoops program made sure to have one of the prospects come by the basketball facilities for one of the days he was in town.
That prospect is George MacIntyre, a 6-foot-5 quarterback prospect who also happens to be a standout small forward on the hardwood. MacIntyre has already raved about his time checking out the football program to PSN, but how about his time with the hoops staff?
The Brentwood, Tennessee native took the trip back on June 4 to see the basketball facilities and meet the staff.
“I did a basketball visit on June fourth with coach [Jason] Capel and coach [Tim] O’Toole. They’re great people. I really liked basketball — their facilities were actually crazy in basketball.”
— Givens (@ryangivens0) June 1, 2022
MacIntyre’s first football offer came from Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers, and he has since picked up scholarship offers from Michigan, Ole Miss, and more on the gridiron. However, he also has offers for hoops from Arizona State and Florida International. While he does not have an offer from Pitt basketball yet, he is always thinking ahead about the possibility of playing both sports at the college level.
“I would say I’ll probably choose one [sport], but at the same time, I didn’t realize how welcoming they [Pitt] were to play both,” he said. “Like, coach Narduzzi was like, ‘Yeah, you can play both, you can do whatever.’ Some other schools have told me that I have to choose one and some other schools have offered me in both, so it’s been a trip to see everyone’s opinions on it, but Pitt — from what I’ve seen — would have no problem with me playing both. I don’t know (when I’ll choose one or the other). We’ll see how good I am at both still senior year. You usually focus on one and the other kind of goes downhill.”
MacIntyre went on a tour of the basketball facilities and the campus with O’Toole and Capel, checking out what the basketball program has to offer. He even caught the team in action, scrimmaging in the Petersen Events Center.
“Coach O’Toole is great. On the tour, he probably took me on a tour for an hour and a half. And watched pickup for about another 20 probably. So, I was really impressed with it. I think they’re building something too.”
“So, obviously, everyone knows about how they went 1-19 or whatever a couple of years ago, with the old coaching staff, and I think coach Capel and them, with his Duke roots, it’s a tough team,” MacIntyre said. “I’ve talked to most of the guys and I watched them play pickup. They’re some tough guys, they’re definitely hard-nosed, and I think they’ll be good.”
Pitt has offered three prospects in MacIntrye’s class: Alier Maluk, Meleek Thomas, and Darryn Peterson.