Jeff Capel continues to add to his foundational first recruiting class since he took over as men’s basketball coach at Pitt.
The first-year coach has already bolstered his back court with the signings of 4-star guard Trey McGowens and 3-star guard Xavier Johnson. On Saturday, the Panthers got a commitment from 4-star small forward Au’Diese Toney.
The Trinity Christian Academy product was originally a Class of 2019 prospect, but announced he will reclassify and join Pitt next season.
— A.M.T (@thefuturetoney) June 2, 2018
“As soon as I got here, the environment, being around the team and the coaching staff. We get along very well and I talk to the staff daily,” Toney told Pittsburgh Sports Now’s Mike Vukovcan. “Plus, I want to be a part of what they’re doing, which is rebuilding the Pitt program and get it back to where it was.”
Before reclassifying, Toney ranked as the 36th-best small forward and the 137th overall player in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports composite rankings. He also had offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia and 10 other schools.
Toney’s decision marks another victory in what has been a very positive offseason for the Panthers. Along with signings McGowens and Johnson, Pitt also received word that juniors Malik Ellison and Kene Chukwuka would return after looking elsewhere following the coaching change.
The Panthers went 24-41 (4-32 ACC) the past two seasons under former coach Kevin Stallings. It is unknown how Capel’s team will fair on the court, but the program appears poised to be competitive in years to come.