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Pitt Earns Commitment from European Wing Amsal Delalic

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On Friday, Pitt added another commitment to its roster for next season.

After hosting him on a visit this past weekend, the Panthers earned a commitment from Amsal Delalic — a 6-foot-7 wing from Borac Nektar in Bosnia & Herzegovina — for a visit on Wednesday, Chris Peak of Panther-Lair reported his visit first. He’s a sharpshooting 20-year-old with some size.

“And the journey continues…” said Delalic in an Instagram post. “I am thankful for all the people of the University of Pittsburgh especially coach Jeff Capel and Tim O’Toole for giving me the opportunity to come and play basketball and continue my academic path as well. #AD52 coming to a zoo near you…”

Delalic is coming off a season with Borac Netkar in the Championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina and ABA League Second Division in which he averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game on 46/42/80 shooting splits. Eurospects rates Delalic as the 26th-ranked European among prospects born in 2003.

Pitt has done a good job of adding to positions of need this offseason, picking up commitments from guard Damian Dunn (Houston) and forward Cam Corhen (Florida State), but there’s still a need for a sharpshooter on the roster. The loss of Blake Hinson still hasn’t been addressed.

Delalic would add a dose of size and shooting on the wing. There’s no guarantee that his game would immediately translate to the NCAA level, but he’s played against professionals for a couple of seasons now — to a degree of success.

Pitt’s front court now features Delalic, Papa Kante, Marlon Barnes, Guillermo and Jorge Diaz-Graham, Zack Austin, Amdy Ndiaye and Corhen, and Delilac would be a solid addition with long-term potential.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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RonDon
RonDon
1 month ago

It seems like a good fit on paper

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
1 month ago

Pitt quietly has a top 15 roster. It was absurd that the ridiculous selection system failed the players, coaches and fans of the program.

rob
rob
1 month ago

A top 15 roster right now? That’s absurd.

Last edited 1 month ago by rob
Jay95
Jay95
1 month ago
Reply to  rob

I think 15 is a stretch on paper. But, depending on how some of these guys develop…it may not be far off in reality. A lot hinges on Lowe and the Diaz-Grahams taking steps forward.

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
1 month ago
Reply to  rob

Analytically, they were ranked 16th in the nation and third in the ACC, and that was before this last commit. With the new recruiting class, transfers and the players they retained, the roster is deep. Even the premier programs are often not this deep at each position. Coach Capel is hitting his stride as a head coach. This is his third try, these experiences have helped him recruit and develop had a high level. Just look at where he brought the program from.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

Ranked 16th by who?

Old Faithful
Old Faithful
1 month ago
Reply to  rob

I know you’re “smarter than the average bear,” but guru Joe Lunardi puts Pitt in at a 10 seed against Arkansas, so he must know something. It’s way too early to predict, but it’s good to be recognized (before Delalic). No injuries; top 25 roster to start; no bad losses and a good ACC start, then maybe top 15.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  Old Faithful

You’re right. He was adamant that Pitt was not a tournament team last season, so he clearly does know something.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago

Lol

Tim
Tim
1 month ago

“Coming to a zoo near you,” he says. I like him already.

Eric payne
Eric payne
1 month ago

Where is Bosnia and Herzegovina? Need a little geography lesson here.

Jay95
Jay95
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric payne

Between Croatia and Serbia. Basically, across the Adriatic from Italy.

Jay95
Jay95
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric payne

I’m other words, a very good area for basketball. Pro competition there is pretty legit.

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay95

True, the guy was essentially a pro level European player. The NBA, as I am certain you know, is aquiring players there at a high rate.

RonDon
RonDon
1 month ago

I think they’re in the 2nd division from what I understand, kind of like soccer. So still a pretty high pro level and I think they have traditionally been one of the better teams.

Pittband
Pittband
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric payne

Geography lesson: BH was part of Yugoslavia after WW II along with Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. It fractured a couple of decades ago. Croats and Serbs have been enemies for a millennia.

Skip White
Skip White
1 month ago
Reply to  Pittband

Spot on Geography lesson. Some really good basketball players have come from Yugoslavia, The Czech Republic and Slovakia. Hope this kid does well. Donatas Zavackas had a nice Pitt career and he was from over in that region.

Dixon
Dixon
1 month ago
Reply to  Skip White

Hopefully, Amsal doesn’t remove his shoes during a game.

Skip White
Skip White
1 month ago
Reply to  Dixon

Lol. The Marquette game. Dwayne Wade and company. That was a rough one.

kmp30
kmp30
1 month ago
Reply to  Skip White

Zavackas was Lithuanian. It’s about the same distance from Bosnia as Pittsburgh is to Miami. But yes, they do love their basketball in Eastern Europe.

Skip White
Skip White
1 month ago
Reply to  kmp30

You are correct. I remember that now that you said that. You are also right that Eastern Europe has good basketball. The two best players in the NBA (Jokic and Doncic) are from Serbia I believe..

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  Skip White

“Spot on” except it’s wrong Skippy

Skip White
Skip White
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

You can always go eat a dick, too Rob. That can be spot on as it hits your tonsils, asshole.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  Skip White

Get some help for those anger issues and perverse ideations Skippy.

Skip White
Skip White
30 days ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

I am not angry at all. I just think you are a know it all asshole that brings nothing constructive to any of the conversations here.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
30 days ago
Reply to  Skip White

lol And you seem obsessed with gay sex- clearly you are a sad, repressed individual. Get help

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
30 days ago
Reply to  Skip White

Oh, and Skippy if you weren’t so stupid, there would be no need to correct you. Sadly you are….

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  Pittband

As usual you’re wrong Band boy. Yugoslavia was created after World War 1.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  Pittband

As usual you’re wrong Band boy. Yugoslavia was created following World War 1. It also included Slovenia and Macedonia.

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric payne

Dummy. Not surprised

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