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Top-50 and still on the market: Judah Mintz’s recruiting remains open

Chris Gionta
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Oak Hill guard Judah Mintz is ranked as a top 50 recruit, according to ESPN. Yet, the senior superstar is still not committed to a school, despite national signing day passing over two months ago.

This is not because of lack of desire from top schools. On June 18 of last year, Mintz made a verbal commitment to the University of Pittsburgh. But by the time national signing day arrived, he had changed his mind.

Mintz posted a statement to Twitter on November 10, saying, “After careful consideration and prayer I have decided to reopen my recruitment. This was not in any way an easy decision to make but it is again, what I believe is best moving forward.”

Judah Mintz (24) during Oak Hill’s game on Saturday of the 2022 Spalding Hoophall Classic presented by Eastbay. (Joe Arruda/The Student)

Therefore, the combo guard was in the same position he was in five months prior. He remains one of the top uncommitted seniors in the country, and he does not feel pressure to commit too soon. 

Mintz told SI.com in December, I’m not stressing over this process; I plan on taking my time and building relationships.”

He has also publicly said that his goal is to commit to a school some time around the GEICO nationals, which take place in late March and early April.

Some of the recruiting process for Mintz has been different since his decommitment, along with a lot of similarities. With the first national signing day already having passed, he knows what the rosters of his potential schools will look like for the 2022-23 season.

“This time, I get to really see who is committed to the classes, and who’s really going to the schools,” said Mintz after Oak Hill’s second game at the 2022 Spalding Hoophall Classic presented by Eastbay. “Where the last time, I was picking who I wanted to come in with me. So it’s different in that respect.”

Along with the combo guard knowing who his teammates would be at each school, he has been receiving even more spotlight time now that most of the players of his caliber are already committed.

“It’s kinda funny that I’m getting even more attention now,” he told SI.com.

Judah Mintz (24) handing the ball during Montverde’s Saturday game at the 2022 Spalding Hoophall Classic presented by Eastbay. (Joe Arruda/The Student)

With the benefit of him knowing what the rosters will appear to be, there is also the downside of some schools already having their roster not having room for Mintz.

“This time around, it’s less schools — less options for schools,” he said. “Because people already have their guys.”

Other than the number of schools looking for him, and the number of uncommitted recruits he is competing with, he says that the recruiting process has not been very different from what it was before his initial commitment to the University of Pittsburgh.

“There’s nothing that I like particularly about it,” said Mintz. “It’s kind of like the same thing over.”

Recruiting schools have likely been satisfied with Mintz’s performances lately. At Hoophall on Saturday afternoon, Mintz stole the show with 22 points in a 66-61 victory against La Lumiere. That showing earned him the game’s most valuable player.

He aims to continue his high level of play, while schools continue to aim to make their best pitches to the young star.

Photo by Joe Arruda/The Student

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