Pittsburgh is known for it’s blue collar attitude in the economic culture of the city. That same mindset has made it’s way to the basketball program. On Sunday, the Panthers landed a player that fits that style of play in the truest form when Sam Young decided to commit to the Big East program.
Young, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound forward from Washington D.C., took an official visit to Pittsburgh and decided to make the school his future home. Now back at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, Young’s coach Kevin Keatts confirmed the commitment to Rivals.com.
“He enjoyed his visit there and had a good time with the coaches and loved the campus,” Keatts said. “He had a chance to just hang out with the players and I think he saw himself as a good fit there.”
Pittsburgh has made defense a priority and diving on the floor for loose balls a trademark for its program. Young, a gritty scorer and rebounder fits that perfectly.
“I look at Sam as a hard-nosed player, hard-working kid and when you look at Pitt, they been traditionally recruiting players like him,” Keats said. “They’ve been very successful with players like him.”
Young was a good scorer at Friendly High School over the last two years, putting in nearly 25 points a game as a senior. He averaged 13.5 rebounds in his final two years at the school. Keatts said he believes Pitt will use Young as a combo forward.
The three-star prospect is the first commitment for the Panthers in 2005. Young also considered Virginia Tech, Penn State, Miami, Georgetown, Georgia and George Washington, Keatts said.