Pitt BB Recruiting
Jeff Capel and Pitt Offer 2024 4-Star PG Kyle Greene, Jr.
It was an exciting day for Kyle Greene, Jr. both on and off the basketball court.
On the hardwood, Greene’s AAU team, Upward StarsSE, from South Carolina, took another talented program, the Midwest Basketball Club.
With the score tied at 62-62 and seconds left in the game, Greene showed why he’s one of the top point guards in the country by calmly pulling up and nailing a 3-pointer as time expired.
@marcvizionz 🎥 GAME! @kj_witdasauce @adidas3SSB #UpwardStars #3SSB ↗️✨///🏀 pic.twitter.com/QQZNGKLxKd
— Upward_StarsSE (@UStarsse) July 7, 2022
“It was big. That feeling after you hit a shot like that to beat such a talented team,” said Greene. “We win a game like that and shock the world. It feels really good.”
”Me hitting a shot like that, from that far and off the dribble like that, I think that opens some coaches’ eyes, especially ones that maybe were on the edge before that might be the thing that pushes them (towards offering).”
While that might be true, Greene was on the radar of plenty of coaches prior to today’s dramatic shot. The 6-foot-3 guard from Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia is ranked by Rivals as a 4-star recruit and the No. 90 overall player in the Class of 2024.
KJ Greene had a COLD BLOODED game winner #3SSB @kj_witdasauce @adidas3SSB pic.twitter.com/zMJA92AszH
— Courtside Films (@CourtsideFilms) July 7, 2022
The game-winning three was followed by a conversation with Jeff Capel, who informed Greene his latest major offer was from the Pitt. The Panthers join Clemson, Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Harvard, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, South Florida and Texas A&M as programs that have offered Greene.
“Coach Milan Brown’s brother is actually a trainer down here,” said Greene. “He knew of me and talked to me last night. Then, the head coach, Coach Capel, texted me last night and told me that he would be calling me today. He called me this morning and we were talking for like 10-15 minutes.”
“He was telling me what he liked about my game.” Greene added. “He asked me about my favorite point guards and asked me what they all had in common. He was telling me the best characteristic of a point guard is when they win. Towards the end of the call, he told me that he was offering me a scholarship and was looking to get me down on campus in the fall and get to a football game.”
Greene tells PSN that he enjoyed the conversation with Capel and appreciated the compliments that he got from Capel, considering his accomplishments on the court at Duke.
“He liked my feel for the game and how I know when to make the right plays,” said Greene. “He likes the pace at which I play the game and the length that I have and thinks I have a lot of potential. That all means a lot to me. Him playing at Duke for one of my favorite coaches and someone that has played in a big-time environment, and him liking my game enough to offer me means a lot. I think he said that I was the first point guard that they offered in the 2024 Class.”
“I enjoyed our conversation, and it was so easy to talk to him. There wasn’t a lot of pauses and searches for what to speak about. He led the conversation and we talked about a lot of things. Very easy to talk to.”
Speaking of talking, Greene says that right now, the teams that he’s hearing from a lot are Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Harvard and South Florida. Greene also said that he hopes to travel up to Pittsburgh in the fall and really wants to see the campus and learn more about the Pitt basketball program.