Big Whiff For Coach Capel

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Jeff Capel at the ACC Press Conference

With Trey Murphy III taking his talents to Virginia, Pitt is putting all of their eggs in the Will Jeffress basket.

I’ve mentioned many times that Coach Capel said he was going to recruit the top talent to come to Pitt. He has, but the top talent isn’t coming. Murphy III makes Capel 0-7 this summer. Failing to get any of the transfers Pitt was interested in. Add the loss of a key starter, a perimeter shooting threat, and it’s not been the best summer.

I can’t blame Murphy III for going to Virgina. That’s a great program. A winning program. Something Pitt isn’t. As a matter of fact Pitt hasn’t had a winning season since 2015-2016. Name the last NBA draft pick Pitt has had? I’ll spare you. It was Lamar Patterson in 2014.

Pitt is awfully bare at the Shooting Guard position with the loss of McGowen and Murphy. The only scholarship players at that position will be Sophmore Au’Diese Toney and Freshman Femi Odukale, Jr.

Capel does have a very nice incoming Freshman class. 6’10 Center John Hugley IV is a nice player. Ithiel Horton, a transfer from Delaware, is eligible to play this year.  He is going to have an impact on this team. The thing is that Capel can have an excellent class if 6’7 William Jeffress decides to sign with Pitt. Jeffress reclassified to be eligible for 2020.

247Sports rated Capel’s 2020 recruiting class as 33rd in country without Jeffress. If he comes, Pitt would have the 12th best recruiting class in the country. Jeffress is special and right in our backyard.

Jeffress is the kind of player that turns programs around. The kind of player that Capel said he was going to recruit. The kind of player that so far has gone to other schools.

The Fitzgerald Fanatic can be found on Twitter @jonjackson64

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