Pittsburgh-area standout Ethan Morton picks Purdue over Pitt

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Jeff Capel and the Pitt coaching staff were the recipients of disappointing news on Thursday night, as Ethan Morton, the No. 1 Pennsylvania recruit in the 2020 cycle, announced his commitment to Purdue. Pitt was one of eight finalists for Morton's services.

"To all the coaches that recruited me throughout this process, I am grateful for the relationships that we built and the advice that was given," Morton said in a message posted on Twitter. "With that being said, I would like to announce that I am 100 percent committed to Purdue University. Thanks to Coach Painter, the entire Purdue staff and [the] Purdue fanbase for accepting me into your family."

Morton, a standout point guard at Butler Area High School about an hour north of Pittsburgh, is a consensus four-star recruit, and ESPN and Rivals both consider him one of the top 50 juniors in the nation. As such, Morton was pursued and prioritized by Capel since he was hired as Pitt's head coach last March.

However, he was also targeted by nine Big Ten programs, each of which offered him a scholarship, and the allure of the oldest Division I conference in college athletics proved too much for Pitt to overcome.

The outcome of Morton's recruitment was somewhat expected, as it was accurately predicted by 12 out of 12 recruiting analysts at Rivals and 247Sports. Collectively, the 12 analysts had an accuracy rate of 76.5 percent ahead of Morton's announcement.

The 6’5” point guard averaged 27.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.1 assists during his junior season at Butler and was named the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Player of the Year in 2018.

He joins a Purdue team that has enjoyed sustained success under Boilermakers head coach Matt Painter. Over the past four years, the team has posted 26 or more wins every season. Purdue also reached the Elite Eight in 2019, losing to Virginia 80-75.



Yet another swing and miss on the recruiting trail for Capel. But at least we got the 46th ranked JUCO prospect in the country who shot less than 30% from 3. SMH……
I hate to state the obvious but anyone can recruit talent at a school like Duke. We’re starting to see Capel’s true abilities. Bring back Stallings….

Stallings/Willard 2020

Make Pitt Basketball Great Again.

Murphy was injured and only played in 13 games that season. He’s a great shooter.

Also, the nature of recruiting is to lose more battles than you win. Even coach K loses his share of recruiting battles. If you don’t fail you’re not trying

Might as well shut the program down...

Hillarious you're still at it

Gotta give you credit for your persistence

Should have offered the green tractor and duffel bag of cash...

Purdue is a vastly superior program right now

So it’s not surprising he picked them over us.

They're vastly superior to most programs

Going to an elite 8 team isn’t a bad decision. There are some crazy commenters who say otherwise.

Having a local kid choose a school in Indiana other than the Hoosiers will always be embarrassing

when you take the nonsense out of this

his decision makes perfect sense, and there is no reason to think otherwise. Perennial power house>middling rebuild. Not rocket science. Being local has little to do with it. Also never really understood the entitlement on this board of local kids staying home. When I went to college, granted it wasn’t as an athlete, I wanted to get as far away from home as possible. That mindset is extremely common nowadays as well.


The idea that Pitt "ought to" get Morton just because he’s from western PA is ridiculous. Staying close to home isn’t important for every kid.

Big 10 = football conference

May be "oldest" but ACC is vastly superior basketball conference

Not upset at all

After just one season with 4 ACC wins, no one should be expecting Capel to out-recruit a team that made it to the elite eight.

Glad Capel swung

for the fences on this kid. It was worth the try. Also happy to see that our coaches realize we’re going to need to reload at PG soon, maybe as early as a year from now. Could easily see X declaring if he avoids regression next year.

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