Pittsburgh basketball loses top recruit during Early Signing Period
One day after Pittsburgh suffered a season-opening loss to the Citadel, somehow things got worse for the Panthers.
Jeff Capel’s top-ranked recruit, Judah Mintz, officially announced his decommitment from the program. Wednesday was the first day of the Early Signing Period for basketball recruits, meaning he was eligible to officially sign with the Panthers.
Instead, he backed away. Here’s his announcement:
Please respect my decision 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/dHNkax4k1h
— Judah Mintz (@Jmintz10) November 10, 2021
Mintz is a 4-star prospect and the No. 56 overall player in the class of 2022, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s also the No. 11 combo guard and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Virginia.
Mintz had been committed to Pitt since June of 20121. He also has offers from programs like Georgetown, Penn State and Florida, amongst others.
His departure leaves Pittsburgh without any signees in the class of 2022 — at least not during this early period. The Panthers brought in just one high school prospect in their 2021 class as well.
Coach Jeff Capel could be on the hot seat as he’s now in Year 4 with the program and has yet to post a winning record. The Panthers currently sit at No. 165 in the early-season KenPom rankings.
Pitt plays again on Friday against West Virginia in Morgantown.