No, not a football commitment. On the eve of National Letter of Intent day for football, Pitt has landed a quality basketball recruit. Three-star wing Shamiel Stevenson announced via Twitter that he is committing to the University of Pittsburgh. This decision comes on the heels of him visiting Pitt this weekend.
Stevenson plays prep basketball for Hillcrest Academy in Arizona. He plays alongside DeAndre Ayton, who is one of the top high school players in the country that’s heading to the University Arizona. Although he plays in Arizona, Stevenson is originally a native of Oakville, Canada. He holds additional scholarship offers from Arizona State, USC, and Georgia Tech as well.
Stevenson stands in at 6’6” 230 pounds. He plays the small forward position, and should see time right away next year, although likely off the bench. Stevenson’s athleticism stands out when you watch some clips on Youtube. It looks like he will be one of Pitt’s best leapers since perhaps Gilbert Brown.
Stevenson joins four commitments already signed. Fellow Canadian Marcus Carr anchors the class, along with Aaron Thompson, Jared Wilson-Frame, and Terrell Brown. Currently all five scholarships are filled for next year, but there is speculation that some roster attrition could open up some more spots. For now things are settled, but more could happen once the season ends.