A shooting guard from Alabama, playing in Indiana who originally committed to Oklahoma State? I’m not going to complain. Especially when he is a solid 4-star recruit with major hops and loves attacking the basket. This is when it works out to have those open scholarships even in July.
Detrick Mostella is by every recruiting service ranking, a 4-star talent. Rivals.com puts him as the 14th best shooting guard and 53 overall best player in 2013. 247 says 13th and 45. Scout.com is a bit lower at 21st and 84th. ESPN.com said 20th and outside of their top-100. So, yeah, a talent.
He’s also now a late addition to the Pitt 2013 recruiting class.
Mostella signed with Oklahoma State back in November. He recently asked out of his commitment, and Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford let him. The reasons are not known why, but it might have to do with playing time issues in a suddenly crowded backcourt for the Cowboys.
Marcus Smart, Markel Brown and Phil Forte are all back next year. Smart would have been a top-5 pick if he had turned pro (and is presently with James Robinson in Prague with the USA U19 squad). Brown is the starting shooting guard for OK St. and played over 34 minutes per game last year. Forte played 25 mpg and averaged 10 points per game. Minutes would be limited in that backcourt and it does seem that early playing time was important to Mostella.
“They told me they needed a shooting guard, and that made my decision right there,” Mostella said. “They have everything but a shooting guard (in this recruiting class). I know I can come in right away and help them.”
I’m sure Durand Johnson is thrilled to read that. A guard-with length that wants to shoot from outside all of the time and a slightly undersized guard that always wants to attack. Should be quite the battle for minutes.
Mostella, a native of Decatur, Ala., averaged almost 18 points this past season at LaPorte (Ind.) La Lumiere School. Although Mostella is known for his 3-point range, his coach called him “explosive.” Mostella won a dunk contest by dunking over two 7-footers and a 6-8 forward.
“He’s a combo guard who’s a really good scorer,” La Lumiere coach Alan Huss said. “He’s a shooter, but he really leaps.”
Yeah, it’s his leaping and attacking that seem to be his stronger suits (Insider subs).
Detrick is easily one of the quickest guards in the south. He’s got elite speed dribbling the ball. Very confident player whose primary objective is to drive it down your throat. Always in attack mode. He’s undersized but athletic enought to get to the rim. No fear in him whatsoever. When he gets to the top of the key or in the lane he also has the game to look for teammates.
If NCAA officials really do follow the rule changes and emphasis on enforcement as mentioned before, Mostella can take real advantage of that. Pitt was one of his final visits, which helped make the best impression.
Despite offers from Georgetown, Miami (Fla.), Providence and Texas A&M, Mostella said he would choose between Oklahoma State and Pitt. He was pursued by Dixon and assistants Barry Rohrssen and Brandin Knight, who took him to the Green Tree Sportsplex on Monday night during an official visit to see fellow incoming recruits in guard Josh Newkirk and forwards Jamel Artis and Mike Young in the Green Tree Pro-Am Summer League. Pitt’s Class of 2013 also includes two transfers, junior college center Joseph Uchebo and forward/center Derrick Randall of Rutgers.
“As soon as I got there, I felt like I was part of the family,” Mostella said. “They treated me well, took me around campus, and I felt like I could make that place my home.”
Unlike Josh Newkirk and Jamel Artis, it seems geography or conference location are not the most important issues for Mostella.
This is a very big incoming class now. Four freshman, one transfer with immediate elegibility and a JUCO. Not to mention one more scholarship available and some rumors of that one being filled.
Unsurprisingly, with this many new faces the complexion of the team has suddenly shifted radically. There’s a lot more speed in the backcourt with Mostella and Newkirk. Outside of Zanna, the frontcourt is not particularly tree-like, but has become very stout.
The chemistry on this team will be very interesting to watch. There are definitely going to be some growing pains.