"Other colleges were recruiting me [for basketball], but I didn't really like them too much," Nwankwo said. "Academics came first, so once I got a scholarship and knew I'd be going there, I decided to try to contact the basketball office. I knew they probably didn't have a scholarship, so I was checking to see if there was any chance of walking on to the team. If there was a chance of that, then it would make [me going there] 100 percent."Nwankwo first contacted the Pitt staff in December or January. He maintained contact and eventually passed along game tape. City assistant coach Tony Biggers said a Panthers assistant had also seen Nwankwo at an AAU tournament and was impressed.