Following the upcoming season, the Pitt men’s basketball team will be losing a few guards to graduation so that position is a big priority in their 2023 recruiting class.
The Panthers have already received a commitment from 4-star shooting guard Carlton Carrington and recently hosted a player that they hope will pair up with him in their future backcourt.
2023 4-star point guard Jaland Lowe from Missouri City, Texas made an official visit to Pitt over the weekend.
247Sports ranks Lowe as the No. 75 player in the class of 2023, as well as the No. 13 point guard in the country and the No. 6 player in the state of Texas.
Lowe plays for Fort Bend Marshall High School as well as Houston Hoops on the Nike EYBL circuit. For his Houston squad, Lowe shined this summer, earning First Team All Peach Jam honors at the biggest tournament of the summer. There, he averaged 17.7 points, 4.7 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.
Jaland Lowe (@jalandlowe) Peach Jam Highlights
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Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Lowe on the phone Wednesday night to get his review of his official visit and from all accounts, Jeff Capel and the Panthers did very well for themselves, as the visit surprised Lowe.
“Pittsburgh was so different from what I envisioned in my head,” said Lowe. “The city was great; the people were great, and it was just very unique. I loved the facilities, the Pitt coaches were great, overall, the visit was way better than I was expecting it to be.”
“I was expecting the campus in general to be more low key and I didn’t think it was a real good college town, but I was definitely wrong. The campus is intertwined with the city, fans and students are all over the place. Pitt is a real college town.”
Up until this point, Lowe’s interaction with the Pitt staff has been over the phone and thru Zoom but this visit allowed him to meet and talk face-to-face with Capel, his assistants and current members of the Pitt team which was helpful.
“It was really great, and I thought that I immediately clicked with them,” said Lowe. “They were welcoming to me from the minute I set foot in Pittsburgh. We had great conversations and it felt like we had a great connection from the start. I was able to talk to some of the players about Pitt’s playing style, how they were planning for this season, how the coaches really coach them. Everything that Coach Capel told me previously, they reiterated that to me. The players really like what is going on there and can’t wait for this season.”
“Talking to Coach Capel, he definitely was still trying to put in his pitch to try and recruit me. He also really tried to get to know me better and really wanted me to get to know him better. He also would throw little things out like how I could fit in his system, how Pitt is a really good place to go and how I’d have the opportunity there would be really good for me.”
Closing out our conversation, Lowe told me that the only other scheduled visit he currently has planned is to Memphis next weekend. He went on to give me his timeline for a decision and said that Pitt did nothing but help their chances with this visit.
“Pitt definitely did good. I’ve talked with my parents, and we want to try and make a decision by the end of October. That’s definitely the plan.”