The cornerstone of Jeff Capel’s rebuild at Pitt is officially on board.
The newly-hired coach announced Tuesday that Trey McGowens signed his national letter of intent on Tuesday. The Chatham, Va., native is a 4-star guard that ranks as the 88th overall player in the country, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
“We are excited to have Trey join our program,” Capel said in a university release. “He is an explosive athlete with the ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor. Trey’s competitiveness and work ethic will allow him to compete for playing time immediately. We look forward to watching him grow and develop on the court, in the classroom and in the community throughout his career. He is a terrific addition to our family.”
When Capel began recruiting McGowens, he was a Class of 2019 recruit, but he has since reclassified to the Class of 2018.
McGowens helped Hargrave Military Academy to a 33-4 record and a No. 4 national ranking after averaging 18.4 points, 6.3 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game this season.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard is the highest-rated Pitt signee since Michael Young (No. 81) in 2013.
McGowens is one of two guards to commit or sign since Capel took the job. Three-star guard Xavier Johnson committed to Pitt on Saturday.
Guards became a necessity after Marcus Carr announced his intent to transfer. He averaged 10 points, 4 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 39.6 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from behind the 3-point line last season.
The Panthers now have a talented guard capable of growing into a foundational player for the new era of Pitt basketball.