Local coaches leave lasting impact on Pitt commit Gerald Drumgoole

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When Gerald Drumgoole emerged on the Rochester high school basketball scene as a sophomore in 2016, it was clear he was a special talent.

With college now on the horizon, Drumgoole is receiving even more attention, declaring his intent to play basketball at the University of Pittsburgh next year.

In the committment letter he posted on Twitter, Drumgoole specifically thanked his former Irondequoit head coach Chris Cardon, and former AAU coach Kevan Sheppard for helping him become the player he is today.

“I’m very thrilled,” said Cardon on Wednesday. “It’s like your own kid telling you something great. Gerald will always be part of our program.”

Drumgoole is currently playing at La Lumiere, a prep school in Indiana that is currently ranked the #1 high school basketball team in the country according to USA Today.

“I knew he could do it,” said Sheppard. “To see Gerald go from coming into his senior year with zero scholarship offers, and then you’re making decisions from Big 5 power conferences, that’s a big deal.”

Drumgoole left Irondequoit in the summer of 2018 with an impressive resume. His length, speed, and shooting touch helped the Eagles win their first state title in 2017, and a second-straight Section V title the following year.

“The wins are great, but we’re together with that state championship,” said Cardon. “Gerald and that team will always be together in some special way. That was special when he thanked me.”

Drumgoole is the first commit for Pitt’s Class of 2019. Several recruiting services rank him as a 4-star small forward. His profile developed last summer during a strong season with his AAU team City Rocks. 

“Pitt is getting a warrior. Gerald is capable of doing whatever they need him to do,” said Sheppard. “This kid really has a limitless game. He’s a knockdown shooter and he’s very physical. It’s rare to be a great shooter and a great physical defender at the same time.”

Drumgoole also received scholarship offers from other schools such as Buffalo, Georgia, Maryland, UMass, Minnesota, Oregon, and South Carolina.

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