Pittsburgh signed men's basketball coach Jeff Capel to a two-year contract extension on Wednesday, keeping him with the Panthers through the 2026-27 season.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

He signed a seven-year contract when he took over the struggling program in March 2018 and has a 24-23 record. The Panthers had a 12-35 record in the 47 games before Capel arrived.

"I am excited about the direction of our basketball program as we continue to build a sustainable winning culture in the Atlantic Coast Conference," Capel said in a statement. "We will continue to give 100 percent of ourselves as we represent Pitt on the court, in the classroom and in the community. The Pittsburgh community has embraced my family and me and we look forward to deepening our roots here."

Capel 44, was an assistant coach at Duke for seven seasons and also coached at VCU (2002-06) and Oklahoma (2006-11) before taking the job at Pitt.

Capel has a reputation as a top-flight recruiter, and that is beginning to show at Pitt. Two 2020 recruits -- center John Hugley from Cleveland and forward Noah Collier from Norristown, Pa. -- are ranked in the top 165 by the 247Sports composite.

And last week, five-star combo guard Jalen Hood-Schifino from Charlotte, N.C., committed to Pitt's Class of 2022. He is ranked as the No. 3 player in the nation at his position.

--Field Level Media

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