Much has been made of Pitt head coach Jeff Capel’s struggles to recruit frontcourt players this offseason, but on Tuesday, he secured the commitment of 6’8” power forward Karim Coulibaly, who signed an aid agreement tying him to the program, according to a release.
”Karim is a crafty post player with the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter and guard multiple positions on the floor,” Capel said. “He plays with great energy and is a very good rebounder. Karim is going to be a terrific addition to our program on and off the court.”
Coulibaly is a three-star recruit who drew offers from a long list of major programs, which included Boston College, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s and South Florida. However, Pitt also faced significant competition from St. Joseph’s and Tulane for Coulibaly's services, as both programs were given serious consideration.
During his senior season at Scotland Campus, Coulibaly averaged 15.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. He also scored more than 1,000 points during the course of his high school career and set school records for career points, career rebounds, points in a single game and rebounds in a single game.
The Mali native addresses Pitt’s greatest area of need, as the Panthers were notably undersized and undone by inadequate frontcourt play on multiple occasions in Capel’s first year on the sidelines at Pitt.
Coulibaly is the fourth member of the 2019 recruiting class to sign with Pitt, as Justin Champagnie, Gerald Drumgoole and Ryan Murphy all signed similar agreements. However, with Capel and the Pitt staff in contact with multiple 2019 recruits and transfers, the class could continue to grow.