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John Hugley (23) attempts to pass the ball at the Pitt men’s basketball practice on Sept. 30.

Column | Frontcourt front and center in men’s basketball scrimmage

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor October 13, 2021
Pitt men’s basketball is breaking in a lot of new pieces, and sports editor Stephen Thompson argues that Saturday’s open scrimmage offered a brief but informative look at how these fresh faces will fit together on the court.
Pitt men’s basketball team played an intrasquad scrimmage at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday. Though it wasn’t an intense competition, the game provided early insight into Pitt’s new roster.

Gueye dominates in men’s basketball’s Blue-Gold scrimmage

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor October 11, 2021
In front of a few hundred fans at the Petersen Events Center, Pitt men’s basketball played an intrasquad scrimmage and gave a first look at the 2021-22 Panthers. The Blue and White teams split the event, with White winning the first 12-minute game 27-22 and Blue dominating the second in an 18-7 victory.
Pitt men’s basketball roster looks “vastly different” than last year and includes many transfers and sophomores.

Unfamiliar Pitt roster hopes to build chemistry, continuity after volatile offseason

By Stephen Thompson October 1, 2021
Pitt men’s basketball is in a much different place than it was six months ago. Six scholarship players left and one more was still serving a suspension while he awaited a hearing on three felony charges. Head coach Jeff Capel spent the following months repairing a broken roster and trying to breathe some life into a program deflated by a 2-10 limp to the end of the regular season.
The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2021-22 basketball league schedules this week. Pitt men’s and women’s basketball will both host high-profile visitors at the Pete.

Pitt women’s, men’s basketball announce 2021-22 conference schedules

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor September 17, 2021
The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2021-22 basketball league schedules this week.
Former Pitt forward Justin Champagnie signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors and saw his first professional action last month at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Champagnie shows off a different skill set at NBA Summer League

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor September 2, 2021
Former Pitt forward Justin Champagnie did not hear his name called on the night of the NBA Draft like he expected. But his disappointment didn’t last long. Shortly after the end of the second and final round, he signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors and saw his first professional action last month at the Las Vegas Summer League, every rookie’s first stop after signing.
Sophomore forward Justin Champagnie (11) finished second in points per game and first in rebounds per game in the ACC. In comparison to last season, he increased his scoring average from 12.7 to 18.4 points per game, and his rebounding average from 7.0 to 11.1 per game.

Former Pitt forward Champagnie signs two-way deal with Toronto Raptors

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer August 2, 2021
Former Pitt forward Justin Champagnie did not hear his name called during Thursday’s NBA Draft, but did find a temporary home at the next level nonetheless. A 2021 First Team All-ACC selection, Champagnie signed a two-way deal with the Toronto Raptors in the wee hours of Friday morning.
At just 18 years old, William Jeffress has shown maturity and personability that is unmatched by most teenagers — setting him up to lead a new-look Panther team.

At 18, Jeffress’ maturity, humility set him apart to lead a new-look Panther team

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer July 14, 2021
William Jeffress did something nobody else had done in some time — he asked how his coach was holding up. At just 18 years old, Jeffress has shown maturity and personability that is unmatched by most teenagers, setting him up to lead a new-look Panther team.
Pitt men’s basketball will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Petersen Events Center on November 30, as part of the 2021 ACC-Big 10 Challenge.

Men’s basketball draws Minnesota in ACC-Big 10 Challenge

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer June 30, 2021
Dates and matchups for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge were unveiled on Monday afternoon. Pitt men’s basketball will square off against Minnesota at the Petersen Events Center on November 30.
2022 guard Judah Mintz’s commitment last Friday seems to be just the start of an exciting few months of recruiting for Jeff Capel and his staff. The Panther program will host several more big-name recruits.

Top-recruit Judah Mintz kicks off start to Pitt Basketball’s 2022 recruiting class

By Frankie Richetti, For The Pitt News June 23, 2021
Pitt secured its first commitment from the 2022 class in four-star guard Judah Mintz on Friday. Mintz chose the Panthers over Georgetown and Penn State, among others.
The reinstatement of Hugley — announced just last week — is the latest in a string of roster additions that have tempered the anxiety produced by a tumultuous offseason.

After offseason from hell, Capel and men’s basketball begin reloading

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer May 18, 2021
The reinstatement of Hugley — announced just last week — is the latest in a string of roster additions that have tempered the anxiety produced by a tumultuous offseason.
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