On Tuesday, in addition to class-of-2025 forward Alier Maluk, Pitt also hosted Royce Parham, North Hills’ standout forward from the class of 2024.
“It was good,” Parham told PSN about the visit. “We checked out the workout room, watched them practice, and then we went into the coaches offices and that was about it.”
Parham also visited Pitt last year, prior to his sophomore season at North Hills. During that stellar sophomore campaign, he averaged 20.8 points and nine rebounds per game for a loaded North Hills squad that finished 26-2. Now, he has focused on his game throughout the summer playing with Team Durant, a Nike program that is loaded with talent. Parham, who held offers from several schools heading into the summer, has blown up even more on the recruiting scene.
“I think it’s been going good,” he said about his summer. “Everything has been going well. My handle and my shot have improved this summer.”
North Hills soph Royce Parham getting ready for 6A title game against 23-1 Fox Chapel. North Hills is 24-0, beat the Foxes earlier this year.
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— George Michalowski (@MichalowskiCBB) March 5, 2022
This summer, he has picked up offers from TCU, Penn State, Wisconsin, Xavier, VCU, George Mason, and others. For Pitt, Parham has been in contact with head coach Jeff Capel, as well as associate head coach Milan Brown, since June 15 (the first day that 2024 prospects could directly speak with coaches). However, he picked up his Pitt offer officially back in May 2022.
“I feel good there,” he said about Pitt. “It’s a good gym, it’s a good campus, and it’s right in my backyard, So that’s good.”
Out of all the schools that have checked in on him at one time or another, Pitt, Penn State and Wisconsin are the three schools that reach out to him most often, he says.
“It would just be great,” Parham said about the potential of staying home and playing for Pitt. “I’d be at home, win games, and just play for the team that I have always been with, that I have grown up with in my city.”
For Team Durant, Parham plays alongside fellow Pitt target Brandin Cummings, the younger brother of Pitt point guard Nelly Cummings. Through Brandin, Parham has gotten to know Nelly, which has given him an inside look at the Panther program through the eyes of a player.
“It’s a good experience for him,” Parham said about Cummings coming back to Pitt. “It’s good seeing him back in Pittsburgh. I hope he does great this year.”
To view the entire 2024 recruiting board for Pitt, click the link below.