Pitt is a finalist to land one of the top 50 women’s basketball recruits in the 2021 class, as Jessica Timmons, a five-star guard out of North Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, placed the program among her top six options on Monday night.
The other five finalists for the 5’8” guard are Boston College, Mississippi State, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. So if Pitt coach Lance White and his staff fail to land a commitment, there’s a good chance they could end up facing her every year.
ESPN, which rated Timmons as a five-star recruit and the No. 45 prospect in the 2021 class, provided a breakdown of her game in a profile, noting that she “manufactures shots, rises on jumper in mid-range game to the arc; brings attack mode in transition game; [is] quick off the dribble, pressures the defense and delivers in the key; [and has] catch-and-shoot range from beyond the arc.”
Timmons earned her five-star rating with a solid showing through three years in Charlotte, as she averaged 24.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game during the 2019-20 season. In addition, Timmons reached 1,000 career points at North Mecklenburg High School as a sophomore the previous year.
Pitt has recruited well since the arrival of White in 2018, as the program has brought in a variety of talented prospects via traditional recruiting (Amber Brown, Dayshanette Harris, Tracey Hueston, Rita Igbokwe and Maliyah Johnson) as well as transfers (Jayla Everett, Gabbie Green, Marcella Lamark and Destiny Strother). Of course, the team has also been in the mix for elite recruits like Shyanne Sellers but ultimately fallen short.
With that said, the team has punched above its weight on the recruiting trail and on the court under White, and the Panthers are clearly moving in the right direction. And if the team can land Timmons, it will be moving in the right direction with four recruits (Jayla Everett, Tracey Hueston, Jahsyni Knight and Jessica Timmons) who finished their high school careers ranked in the ESPN top 100.