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No. 1 Player in Pennsylvania, Jeffress, commits to Pitt basketball

Head coach Jeff Capel (far right) and his coaching staff frantically signal to Pitt's players during a game.

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

April 28, 2020

In a five minute video detailing his journey through basketball, William Jeffress Jr., a 6-foot-7 four-star forward in the class of 2020 from nearby Erie, Pa. announced his commitment to Pitt basketball. 

Rodney Gallagher receives Pitt football offer

Gallagher caught 25 passes for 491 yards and rushed 36 times for 392 yards as a freshman at Laurel Highlands.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 17, 2020

Laurel Highlands freshman Rodney Gallagher, who received a basketball offer from Capel on March 7, announced Thursday that he also received an offer from Pitt football.

Pitt target Murphy III chooses Virginia

Rice transfer and Pitt target Trey Murphy III announced his commitment to Virginia Monday with a video on Twitter.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 13, 2020

With sophomore Rice transfer Trey Murphy III — who had previously put Pitt in his top four finalists — committing to Virginia on Monday, the Panthers are starting to run out of options.

In the shadow of The Mecca: Reflecting on the Pitt-NY basketball pipeline

First-year forward and Brooklyn native Justin Champagnie (11) was the leading scorer during Pitt’s 2019-20 season with 12.7 points per game.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

During the heyday of Pitt men’s basketball in the Big East conference — the period in which former head coach Jamie Dixon’s teams appeared in eight straight NCAA Tournaments between 2004 and 2011 — nearly every borough of New York City was represented on the Panthers’ roster.

Michael chooses Elon, Pitt eyeing Murphy III

Head coach Jeff Capel is looking to fill Pitt's last two remaining scholarships.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 7, 2020

After striking out on several top prospects in recent weeks, Pitt basketball is looking for Rice transfer Trey Murphy III or 2020 recruit William Jeffress to fill its last two scholarships.

Redemption and Rosie O’Grady’s: Pitt’s 2008 Big East Title from the stands

Archival photos of Pitt’s 2008 Big East Tournament win.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

April 1, 2020

New York has a distinctive basketball culture. It is blue-collar, born from pick-up games on blacktops and manifested through moxie. So when the Big East basketball tournament moved to New York City in 1983, member teams embraced the natural fit — and no one embodied the host city’s gritty personality more than the 2008 Pitt Panthers.

March 27, 2003: Dwyane Wade ends Howland era

Ben Howland took over as Pitt’s Men’s Basketball head coach in 1999 and built the Panthers into a contending team on the national stage.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 27, 2020

March 27, 2003, was the day Pitt basketball fans became acquainted with one the greatest shooting guards to ever play the game — Dwyane Wade.

Pitt’s future is bright with Hugley, Hood-Schifino

John Hugley (left) and Jalen Hood-Schifino (right) both hold four-star rankings and are currently committed to Pitt basketball's class of 2020 and class of 2022, respectively.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 26, 2020

Pitt hasn't had a winning season in the post-Jamie Dixon era — but with a pair of outstanding prospects set to join the team over the next few years, fans can expect the Panthers to return to their winning ways.

March 26, 2009: Levance Fields cements Pitt legacy

Senior guard LeVance Fields scored five points in the last minute to lift Pitt over Xavier in the 2009 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Exactly 11 years ago today, senior Pitt guard Levance Fields ensured that Pitt would not suffer another Sweet 16 disappointment.

Projecting the makeup of Pitt’s post-transfer roster

Trey McGowens celebrates during Pitt's 63-61 win over Florida State.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 22, 2020

Recently, Pitt men’s basketball’s roster became subject to college basketball’s ever-volatile transfer portal. Now the Panthers are trying to use it to bolster a crop of already talented newcomers.

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