Pitt basketball lands 4-star recruit
Detrick Mostella knew the moment he walked onto Pitt's campus that he could see himself spending his college basketball career playing at Petersen Events Center.
Once Jamie Dixon told him that the only thing the Panthers were missing was a shooting guard, Mostella was sold on Pitt.
Mostella made a verbal commitment to Pitt on Tuesday, giving the Panthers another top-100 prospect in their 2013 recruiting class. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder is ranked the nation's No. 14 shooting guard and No. 53 overall player by Rivals.com.
“They told me they needed a shooting guard, and that made my decision right there,” Mostella said. “They have everything but a shooting guard (in this recruiting class). I know I can come in right away and help them.”
Mostella, a native of Decatur, Ala., averaged almost 18 points this past season at LaPorte (Ind.) La Lumiere School. Although Mostella is known for his 3-point range, his coach called him “explosive.” Mostella won a dunk contest by dunking over two 7-footers and a 6-8 forward.
“He's a combo guard who's a really good scorer,” La Lumiere coach Alan Huss said. “He's a shooter, but he really leaps.”
Mostella committed to Oklahoma State in November but decided to re-open his recruitment last month. Despite offers from Georgetown, Miami (Fla.), Providence and Texas A&M, Mostella said he would choose between Oklahoma State and Pitt. He was pursued by Dixon and assistants Barry Rohrssen and Brandin Knight, who took him to the Green Tree Sportsplex on Monday night during an official visit to see fellow incoming recruits in guard Josh Newkirk and forwards Jamel Artis and Mike Young in the Green Tree Pro-Am Summer League. Pitt's Class of 2013 also includes two transfers, junior college center Joseph Uchebo and forward/center Derrick Randall of Rutgers.
“As soon as I got there, I felt like I was part of the family,” Mostella said. “They treated me well, took me around campus, and I felt like I could make that place my home.”
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