Pitt was one of a handful of schools that pursued 6’10” center Rodney Howard after he decommitted from Ole Miss, but on Sunday, Howard trimmed his list to two and Pitt did not make the cut. He is now down to Georgia and Georgia Tech and will announce his decision at some point in the near future.
Final 2 Schools. Decision Coming Soon. pic.twitter.com/ThDCG8Cai6— Rodney Howard (@RodneyHoward24) May 26, 2019
During his senior season at Legacy Charter, Howard averaged 10.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks per game as a member of a team that went 34-5. He is considered the No. 39 center in the country, according to 247Sports, which also gives him a three-star star rating.
Howard ended up on Pitt’s radar after the team failed to land 6’10” power forward Khadim Sy. Instead, the junior college transfer decided on Ole Miss, and Howard reopened his recruitment shortly after. Georgia Tech is in a familiar area for Howard, as he played AAU ball for the Atlanta Celtics. And Georgia offers him the opportunity to play against Ole Miss on a regular basis as a fellow SEC school.
As for Pitt, its search for frontcourt help continues, and the remaining targets include Josaphat Bilau, Charles Coleman, Nigel John and John Ojiako. Bilau recently said that he was down to four schools, with Georgia, Wake Forest and West Virginia in the running alongside Pitt. However, it is unclear where Pitt stands with Coleman, John or Ojiako.