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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.
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.

Justin Champagnie declares for NBA Draft

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor May 10, 2021
After announcing that he was considering entering his name into the NBA Draft, star forward Justin Champagnie made it official Monday — the sophomore will forgo his remaining years of collegiate eligibility and go pro.
Pitt star forward Justin Champagnie announced on Tuesday that he will

Champagnie will “test the NBA Draft process;” final decision awaits

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor March 23, 2021
The Pitt star announced that he will “test the NBA Draft process” this offseason.
San Diego State's Caleb Giordano (13) on the court against Boise State at the Viejas Arena in San Diego on Jan. 11, 2020.

March Madness sleepers: Predicting dark horses in each region

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer March 17, 2021
The Final Four has featured at least one team with a seed of five or lower in the past 10 NCAA Tournaments. While one of these under-the-radar teams will likely make a deep run, it’s difficult to pick which one will do it.
Pitt men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel has a heated exchange with the referees during the Panthers’ game against NC State on Feb. 17.

Column | After three years under Jeff Capel, Pitt left with more questions than answers

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer March 17, 2021
At what point does Capel’s infallibility wear off? After a tumultuous 2020-21 season, the answer is now.
Mike McGuirl (00) of the Kansas State Wildcats controls the ball as Davion Mitchell (45) of the Baylor Bears defends during the quarterfinal game of the Big 12 basketball tournament at the T-Mobile Center on March 11 in Kansas City, Missouri.

March Madness Conference Power Rankings: Big 12 boasts unparalleled depth

By Dalton Coppola, Staff Writer March 17, 2021
Knowing which conference reigns supreme this year could make or break your bracket. 
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