May 4—On Wednesday, good news came in a pair for the Pitt men's basketball program.
Class of 2022 recruits and twins Jorge and Guillermo Diaz-Graham have committed to the Panthers, a move that bolsters Pitt's frontcourt while helping fill out a roster that came into the day with five open scholarships for next season.
Standing at 6-foot-11 and 7-feet, respectively, Jorge and Guillermo provide some needed size for a team that previously featured just two players taller than 6-foot-7 — sophomore standout John Hugley and junior-college transfer Fede Federiko, who committed to the program on April 21.
Both natives of Spain, Jorge and Guillermo played last season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Their late arrival to the United States explains some of their relative anonymity despite the college interest they generated, as neither player has a star rating from Rivals.com. 247 Sports has each of the twins as a three-star prospect, while On3 Sports rates them much higher — with Jorge as the No. 76 player nationally in the 2022 class and Guillermo as the No. 89 recruit.
The twins took an official visit to Pitt's campus late last month. Their commitment to the Panthers came shortly after they completed a visit to Massachusetts, where new head coach Frank Martin was aggressively pursuing them.
In addition to Pitt, the twins held scholarship offers from, among others, Providence, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Utah and George Washington, according to 247.
Both Jorge and Guillermo have been described as having fluid, inside-out games, with strong outside shooting numbers and an ability to create off the bounce, traits that could present mismatches for Pitt's opponents and pair them nicely with Hugley, who is more of a traditional low-post presence at 6-foot-9 and 170 pounds. Jorge told On3 that he plays "like a big guard." Guillermo played last season for the Spanish national team in the FIBA U18 European Challengers tournament.
With the commitment of the Diaz-Graham twins, who become the first high school players in Pitt's 2022 recruiting class, the Panthers have three open scholarships for next season.
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