The signing of top-100 guard Trey McGowens gives Pitt the foundational player it needs to rebuild the program. It has also given the Panthers serious momentum on the recruiting trail.
Pitt already gained another commitment from 3-star guard Xavier Johnson, and have also garnered interest from other prospects. One of those interested is McGowens’ AAU teammate Au’Diese Toney after he received an offer from the Panthers on Monday.
“Both Coach Capel and his brother attended all of my games over the weekend in Indianapolis and Coach Jason was the one that called to offer me,” Toney told Pittsburgh Sports Now’s Mike Vukovcan. “He told me that they really liked my game, liked my upside and felt that I’m a versatile player that would be able to guard multiple positions.”
”Being a former guard, I feel like Coach Capel would be able to show me a lot of the ins and outs of being a great guard and get me to the next level.”
Toney ranks as the 16th-best shooting guard and 116th overall player in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He also has offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kansas State and nine other schools.
McGowens and Toney have built a strong relationship and have discussed the possibility of playing together at the collegiate level.
“I’m happy to see how good he’s doing. Every time one of us would get an offer the other one shared it and we would start talking about a package deal or whatever,” McGowens told Vukovcan. “I’m always talking to him about joining me so we can do something we always hoped of doing.”
Pitt landing another 4-star guard would help expedite the rebuilding process of the program, and it appears that the combination of Jeff Capel and McGowens could be the reason Toney signs on.