John DeGroat, a smooth 6-6, 215 pound small forward from Northeastern J.C. in Sterling, Colo., took his first official visit to Pittsburgh this past weekend.
According to NJC Head Coach Brian Joyce, DeGroat's visit to Pitt stretched from Sept. 5-7.
DeGroat has pared his list to just four schools. Along with Pitt, Oklahoma, St. John's and Gonzaga are also finalists for the sharp-shooting wing.
"All of those schools are set to come out here," Joyce said. "That should help narrow the scope of when he will be able to take the other visits."
While nothing is etched in stone, Joyce added that Oklahoma appears to be in line for the second visit sometime later this month. DeGroat has also pledged visits to St. John's and Gonzaga, but those probably won't happen until October.
"He told all four schools that he is going to visit," Joyce explained. "Each school has its strengths and different things to offer, and John is interested in having a wide range of choices."
One new school that has entered the mix is Oregon. According to Coach Joyce, the Oregon staff is slated to visit DeGroat at NJC on Sept. 9.
As a freshman at NJC last winter, DeGroat averaged roughly 12 points and six rebounds per game. At the Mullen Camp, DeGroat impressed us with his shooting touch, especially from midrange.
DeGroat appears headed toward an early signing, Joyce said. JUCO Junction will monitor his recruitment as it unfolds this fall, so keep it here for the best coverage of JC hoop recruiting on the internet.