Last month, the Pitt basketball program received a commitment from guard/forward Femi Odukale to join the 2020 recruiting class. Yesterday, Odukale formally joined the program as he was officially signed.
With Springfield Commonwealth Academy last season, Odukale basically did it all, averaging nearly a triple double (17.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 8.8 assists per game) while shooting 52 percent from the field. Odukale also shot 39 percent from three-point range and will be counted on to help a team that struggled with its perimeter shooting all season long last year. Odukale is 6’5” and listed as a guard in some sources but a small forward elsewhere.
Head coach Jeff Capel seems to expect that he will be an immediate contributor.
“Femi displayed outstanding versatility, talent, toughness and competitiveness during an outstanding post-grad season,” said Capel. “We are excited to add him to our recruiting class and look forward to having him in our program. He is mentally and physically mature and will have an opportunity to come in and make an immediate impact next season.”
To that, Odukale will benefit from the transfer of guards Trey McGowens and Ryan Murphy, which were announced after the season. He does enough on the court that at this point, it’s hard to not see him cracking the rotation with that duo not returning.
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