On Saturday, top senior forward recruit Papa Kante included Jeff Capel’s Pitt Panthers in his top five schools list, along with Memphis, Maryland, Michigan, and Rutgers.
The 6-foot-10 forward plays his high-school ball for South Kent School, where Pitt staffer Gilbert Brown coached just a few years back. Kante is ranked as the No. 91 player in the class of 2023 by 247 Sports, and is a four-star prospect.
“Pittsburgh is a great city,” Kante told Joe Tipton of On3. “I like the facility and it’s a family over there. (Jeff) Capel and coach Tim O’Toole text me a lot, calls, and FaceTime me. Coach (Gilbert) Brown was an assistant coach here and a Pitt alumni. Coach Brown is my guy and recruits me hard. They said I would play right away and make an impact.”
The Panthers were the first program to offer Kante more than a year ago, and have been consistent in the recruiting process ever since. Back in July, Kante’s high school coach had the following to say about Pitt’s chances with the big man.
“Pitt is in the mix,” Chillious said. “They were the first school to ever offer him. That’s always something important in the relationship and recruiting process.”
Pitt currently has two verbal commitments in the 2023 class, with Marlon Barnes Jr. and Carlton Carrington III on board. The Panthers’ staff is currently prioritizing Kante, as well as guard targets Jaland Lowe and Ty-Laur Johnson, among other prospects.