It’s official: Pitt adds guard Au’Diese Toney to 2018 recruiting class
Pitt basketball coach Jeff Capel officially added a third member to his 2018 recruiting class when 6-foot-6 guard Au’Diese Toney signed his letter of intent. Capel made the announcement Friday.
Toney, a native of Jasper, Ala., is ranked 114th in the 247Sports 2018 rankings and is a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com. He had offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia, Providence, Connecticut, Kansas State and Rhode Island.
The addition of Toney vaults Pitt to 35th in the nation in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings, behind only five ACC schools — Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Wake Forest and N.C. State. Pitt is 56th in the Rivals rankings, ninth in the ACC.
Toney, who verbally committed to Pitt on Saturday, played at Trinity Christian (N.C.) Academy and had been a 2019 prospect. But he plans to reclassify and join the team this year.
“Au’Diese is a multi-talented player with the toughness and versatility to impact the game in a variety of ways,” Capel said. “He has shown the ability to score at all three levels and is an extremely active defender and rebounder. I love his competitiveness and am excited about his future in our program.”
He averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game for Trinity Christian (25-6), which won the 2018 North Carolina 1-A state championship.
Toney joins an incoming recruiting class that includes guards Trey McGowens and Xavier Johnson. He played on Team United, an AAU team, with McGowens. Also, New Mexico State transfer Sidy N’Dir has verbally committed to Pitt.
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