Pitt received some good basketball recruiting news today, as Marcus Carr has committed to the program. Matt Steinbrink of Panther-lair.com was the first to break the story on the commitment.
Pitt basketball also got good news this morning. It is on the site and article coming soon.— Matthew Steinbrink (@MattSteinbrink) October 26, 2016
Marcus Carr is a 6’2” 170 pound guard originally from Canada. He will be playing for Florida prep powerhouse, Montverde Academy this season. Montverde is among the top five high school basketball programs in the country. Carr checks in as a four-star by Scout.com, and is a three star by the likes of Rivals, ESPN, and 247.
Carr chose Pitt over offers from other programs such as Baylor, Cincinnati, and Virginia Tech. He becomes the third player of Kevin Stallings first recruiting class joining point guard Aaron Thompson and power forward Terrell Brown. There are still two open scholarships to fill in this recruiting class.
Carr is similar to Aaron Thompson in stature, but their games are a little different. Carr appears to be more of a “combo-guard” and is capable of playing off the ball, and that is likely the role he will play here at Pitt.
There has been much talk about this recruiting class, and for good reason, it’s an important one. Basketball season is right around the corner, and it’s pretty well known this team will be carried by their senior class. This recruiting class will have to usher in a new era of Pitt basketball once these seniors graduate.
There have been some disappointments surrounding this recruiting class, as they have missed out on some of their top prospects. Still, they have managed to grab solid three-star prospects. A concern would be the class lacks “star power” but these prospects are program players that Stallings can at least build with for now.
Still, the class is drawing some praise from some national writers today.
Impressed with the guards Kevin Stallings has headed his way in 2017. Marcus Carr & Aaron Thompson are tough dudes. Fit what he wants.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) October 26, 2016
Aaron Thompson/Marcus Carr 2017 tandem will bring excellent toughness & defensive skills to Pitt; strong pick-up https://t.co/DsqrZqBr4d— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) October 26, 2016
As mentioned above, there are two spots still left to fill. It has been reported a few prospects will be taking their official visits to Pitt this weekend, and perhaps another commitment or two could be on the way.