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Pitt lands in top 12 of blue-chip recruit Josh Hall

Rivals considers the 6'9" small forward a five-star recruit

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Jeff Capel and the Pitt coaching staff have been looking to add size and stock up on frontcourt talent since their arrival in Pittsburgh, and recently, they made some progress in that regard, as Pitt made the top 12 of Josh Hall, a 6’9” small forward out of Moravian Prep in Hickory, North Carolina. Pitt was one of four ACC schools included on the list, which was released on Friday.

Hall holds a five-star rating from Rivals, and the website also ranks him among the top 25 prospects in the 2020 recruiting cycle. However, 247Sports and ESPN both consider him a four-star recruit and rank him 48th and 53rd overall, respectively.

Over the course of his recruitment, Hall drew at least 30 offers, 16 of which came from Power Five programs. His final 12 consisted of Alabama, Arkansas, DePaul, Florida State, Georgia, Georgetown, Louisville, LSU, NC State, Pitt, Texas and Western Kentucky. His notable cuts included Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Providence, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Wichita State.

Hall has been described by Jerry Meyer, the director of basketball scouting at 247Sports, as a “great shooter with deep range” as well as a “great finisher with variety of shots off one foot going to the basket.” Meyer also compared Hall to former Big East Player of the Year and current San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay but noted that his defense and rebounding could both stand to improve.

During the 2018-19 season at Moravian Prep, Hall averaged about 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He was also a standout member of Team Loaded in the Adidas Gauntlet Series, as he averaged roughly 15 points, three rebounds and one assist per game over 10 games in 2019.

At Pitt, Hall’s size would benefit a team that remains relatively diminutive when compared to major ACC contenders. In addition, his offensive versatility would provide the Panthers with options and perhaps a primary scorer to take the place of Xavier Johnson, should he enter the NBA draft after this season.