Although Pitt recently lost Texas native J.J. Richardson—who transferred to Houston—the Panthers still carry a name in the Lonestar State. One prospect who Pitt coaches have on their radar is 6'1 Jelon Hornbeak from Arlington, Texas.
A combo-guard, Hornbeak classifies himself like this.
"I just do whatever it takes for my team to win," Hornbeak said. "Whether it be shooting, driving to the basket or creating for my teammates, I just do whatever gives my team the best chance to come away with a W."
Although this description is definitely intriguing, Hornbeak went on to say something that should make every Panther fan very happy.
"Although I can do a lot of different things on the offensive end, I love to play defense and create turnovers for my team," Hornbeak added.
Currently, Hornbeak is working with a list of schools that consists of Arizona, Oklahoma, Providence, West Virginia and Pitt. Up until this point, the only school Hornbeak has visited has been Oklahoma. Over the next month, the visits are expected to pick up.
"I plan to make a few trips in July, hopefully helping me before I make my decision hopefully in November," Hornbeak added.
Pitt could be on that list. There is definitely some interest.
"Pitt is always going to be on my list, definitely." Hornbeak said. "I feel our styles match up pretty good and I could be a good fit there."
Now that the school year has ended, most prospects are looking forward to enjoying a nice relaxing summer. Not for Hornbeak.
"Right now I'm working out at least twice a day, getting a good lift in the morning then we usually get a group of guys and play a little bit at night," Hornbeak said.
"This summer I really just want to get faster and stronger. I'm also really working on improving my pick n roll game since that's a focal point at the next level; more intellectual stuff than physical."
Not only is his scoring average of 18 points a game impressive, he's got a 3.5 GPA to go with that. He also helped lead his team to a Class 4A state championship.