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New to the Zoo: Gerald Drumgoole commits to Pitt

The four-star small forward is Jeff Capel's first recruit of the 2019 cycle

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Pitt head coach Jeff Capel landed his first recruit of the 2019 class on Monday night, as four-star small forward Gerald Drumgoole announced his commitment to the program in a message posted on Twitter.

”As I continue to live my dream, I want to attend a school where I can help the team and develop into the best basketball player I can possibly be," Drumgoole said. "So with that being said, I am proud to announce that I will be attending the University of Pittsburgh.”

Drumgoole, a 6’6” wing out of La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana, is considered a four-star recruit, according to the 247Sports composite ratings. He visited Pitt over the weekend along with three other four-star players from the 2020 class, after which he announced that he had trimmed his list of prospective schools down to three. He chose Pitt over Minnesota and South Carolina.

Prior to transferring to La Lumiere, Drumgoole averaged 19.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists during his junior season at Irondequoit High School in his hometown of Rochester, New York. He is known for his rebounding ability and his three-point shot, and both of those qualities were on display last month at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he helped La Lumiere notch wins over national powerhouses Bishop Gorman and Montverde.

Given all that, Drumgoole is likely to contribute to the team significantly as a freshman, as the Panthers have struggled to score consistently from beyond the arc this season. All told, the Rochester native should make a savvy addition, and he should help Pitt progress as the program enters year two of the Capel era.