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Pitt women’s basketball lands blue chip Tracey Hueston

ESPN considers the 6’2” forward the No. 78 recruit in the 2020 class

Matt Hawley

Lance White and the Pitt women’s basketball team landed a blue-chip recruit on Sunday evening, as Tracey Hueston announced her commitment to the program via Twitter.

”I’m excited to announce that I am committed to the University of Pittsburgh,” Hueston wrote in the message announcing her commitment. “Proud to be a Panther. H2P."

The 6’2” forward out of Northside High School in Roanoke, Virginia, holds a four-star rating from ESPN, which considers her the No. 78 overall recruit in the 2020 class as well as the No. 17 player at her position.

In addition to Pitt, Hueston received offers from Boston College, Florida State, James Madison, Liberty, Old Dominion, Richmond, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and William and Mary. Her final decision came down to Pitt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Only 11 players in ESPN’s ranking of the top 100 women’s basketball recruits of 2020 have committed to ACC schools, and Pitt joins a list of eight programs in the 15-team conference to land an elite 2020 recruit.

In terms of what Hueston adds to the team, she is known as an athletic forward with top-notch rebounding skills and the ability to score in the paint. In addition, ESPN noted in its evaluation of Hueston that she has yet to reach her full potential. That's a promising evaluation, as she averaged 20 points in her junior season.

The addition of Hueston is part of a broader effort by White to rebuild a team that began to falter under former Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. Since the start of 2019, White has added 6'4" Texas Tech transfer Marcella Lamark dos Santos and junior college All-American Gabbie Green to his 2019 class.

Hueston is White's first 2020 recruit, and Pitt is also in the top nine of top-50 recruit Shyanne Sellers of the 2021 class.