The recruiting class of 2018 for Pitt basketball has gotten off to a very slow start. With offers out to 46 guys, some of these guys have decided to take their talents elsewhere, while others still haven’t made their decision. 6’9, 220 lbs. Small Forward Bryce Golden out of Sharpsburg, Maryland made an announcement via twitter that brightened Pitt Panther fans days. After having guy after guy that we thought we had on lock commit elsewhere, we finally got a verbal commitment for the Class of 2018.
We didn’t get a verbal commitment from just anyone though. Not only is Golden a three star small forward, but he possess great size for his position and has an athletic frame that gives him the ability to be a stretch forward, someone that can play inside and out. This will give him the ability to not only transition quickly into Stallings offense, but, transition well.
Golden picked Pitt over offers from Clemson, NC State, Maryland, Texas Tech, Davidson, Seton Hall, Penn State, George Washington, Xavier and UCF. Golden choosing Pitt over these schools was a crucial step for the future of the Pitt basketball program.
When he was asked what made him choose Pitt, he responded, “I had a really good relationship with the staff at Pitt. Coach Sutton in particular. Just somewhere I felt comfortable with the campus, program and school.”
Golden doesn’t only know how to win, but, he knows how to win on the big stage. Most high schoolers get to college and they have never played a game on national TV, nor for a big time crowd. This isn’t the case for Golden. He didn’t only win The 8 Championship with his AAU Team, Team Takeover on ESPNU, but, he was a huge part to the win as he dropped 13 points and added on 6 rebounds. Not to mention, this wasn’t even his first go around on national TV and he has done just as well if not better in the previous times. This is going to be a component that will be of help to him when it’s time to suit up for his first collegiate game.
Having players who are focused on winning and not individual performance is going to be a crucial to helping the Pitt basketball program become a national title contender and a force to be reckoned with in the ACC. This is where I believe, Golden is on the same page, when asked what he looked forward to in his years at Pitt, he answered, “I’m looking forward to making the jump to the top of the ACC,” he went on to say, “Getting Pitt back to a national powerhouse that’s always a contender.”
Golden marks the first commit of the 2018 class. If Coach Stallings continues to bring in talent like Golden, Pitt basketball is certainly in for a bright future.