Pitt’s newest basketball recruits for 2017 class

Kevin Stallings and Suzie McConnell-Serio sing Sweet Caroline with The Panther Pitt student section. Matt Hawley | Staff Photographer

The Pitt women’s basketball team received a verbal commitment to its recruiting 2017 class on Monday from Angelique Rodriguez, a 6-foot shooting guard from Capital Prep Magnet High School in Hartford, Connecticut, who averaged 16.5 points per game last season.

Rodriguez announced her decision on Monday via Twitter.

As a junior, Rodriguez led Capital Prep to a 25-4 record including a perfect 15-0 mark in league play while also averaging 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and one steal per game. She tallied eight points, eight rebounds and a block in Capital Prep’s 51-48 win over previously undefeated New London High School in the CIAC Class L Girls Basketball State Championship.

Rodriguez’s commitment comes as recruits for both the women’s and men’s teams begin to trickle in ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Earlier this month, on Sept. 4, Pitt’s men’s basketball team received its second verbal commitment in the 2017 class –– this one from power forward Terrell Brown.

Brown is a 6-foot-9 power forward from Tilton High School in Tilton, New Hampshire, and a three-star prospect, according to Rivals. He joins Pitt over offers from Purdue, DePaul and San Jose State.

Brown joins 6-foot-2 point guard Aaron Thompson –– another three-star recruit according to Rivals –– in Kevin Stallings’ first full recruiting class as head coach.

A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Thompson chose the Panthers in May over several offers from Power Five schools, including Georgia Tech, Miami, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and defending national champion Villanova.

Barring any transfers, Pitt still has three open scholarships available for the 2017 men’s basketball recruiting class.

Although they can make verbal commitments, recruits in the 2017 class still have almost seven months to change their mind and switch schools. They can officially sign National Letters of Intent on April 12, 2017.

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