Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ADAM ZAGORIAJohn Hugley, the 6-foot-9 power forward from the Brush (OH) School, gave a verbal commitment to Pittsburgh on Friday.
He also considered Kansas State and N.C. State after previously eliminating Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), Missouri, Nebraska, Penn State, UConn, and West Virginia from contention.
“I just felt like Coach (Jeff) Capel is going to help me get to the next level,” he told Rivals.com. “I have a really good relationship with him and I felt like he kept it real with me from the start. Everything stood out from the fans, to the players, and also the vibe on campus there.”
According to 247Sports, Hugley is ranked as the No. 74 overall player in 2020 and the No. 2 player from Ohio. He averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds last season at Brush.
“John has transformed his game into playing away from the basket,” Brush coach Chet Mason said. “He’s putting the ball on the floor and making plays. He shoot the 3 and his best skill is passing the ball.”
Hugley joins power forward Noah Collier of Westtown (PA) and Our Saviour Lutheran big man Max Amadusun in Pitt’s 2020 class.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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