Sought by then-defending national champion Connecticut and other high-major programs when he was coming out of high school, Jared Wilson-Frame will have a chance to play on a big stage — just a bit later than expected.
Dubbed between a three- and four-star prospect coming out of high school in 2015, Wilson-Frame went the junior college route but made a commitment on Friday to play for Pittsburgh, Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports reports.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is classified as a member of the 2017 recruiting class, so he will be joining Pitt’s program next season after playing his sophomore year at Northwest Florida State College. JUCO transfers often do not commit this early, but Wilson-Frame is viewed as one of the top such players in the country and will likely be a surefire member of the Panthers’ rotation in time for the 2017-18 season.
Wilson-Frame was Northwest Florida State’s second-leading scorer during the 2015-16 season, pouring in 15.4 points per game, behind only Shadell Millinghaus, who signed with Texas Tech in May. The younger teammate is getting a head start on his commitment and bypassing the recruiting game.
In 2015, UConn, Providence, VCU, Georgia and Rutgers each offered Wilson-Frame.
This marks Pitt coach Kevin Stallings’ second pledge of the week. Marcus Carr, a Canadian product set to play at a Florida prep school this year, is set to join Wilson-Frame in Stallings’ 2017 class. This makes three guards for the Panthers’ class, which also has point man Aaron Thompson in the fold.
Pitt is set to lose three of its top four scorers from 2015-16 after this season, so the arrival of a player with proven collegiate scoring ability should help stem the tide.