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Two Pitt athletes play for the Steel City that raised them

Dixon Veltri moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh and joined Pitt’s women’s soccer team after transferring from University of North Carolina Wilmington.

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

October 20, 2020

Homecoming normally presents an opportunity to travel back to one’s home to relive distant memories. But Pitt athletes Curtis Aiken Jr. and Dixon Veltri have chosen to stay in the city that raised them for their college careers.

Men’s basketball returners eagerly prepare for a season in limbo

The Pitt men’s basketball team returned to the Petersen Events Center Wednesday for their first official practice of the 2020 season.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

October 16, 2020

Jeff Capel revamped his Pitt men’s basketball roster this offseason. Now he opens a season like no other with expectations weighing heavier and heavier.

Former Panther Eric Hamilton signs with British professional team

Former Pitt men’s basketball player Eric Hamilton has signed with British professional team Cheshire Phoenix, the team announced Tuesday.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor

August 21, 2020

Former Pitt men’s basketball player Eric Hamilton has signed with British professional team Cheshire Phoenix, the team announced Tuesday.

Capel’s best newcomers are ready for the spotlight

The 2020 Pitt men’s basketball recruiting class is Pitt’s highest rated recruiting class since 2012.

By Sam Krimins, Staff Writer

July 23, 2020

The 2020 Pitt men’s basketball recruiting class enters Oakland ahead of one of the most highly anticipated seasons in recent memory. From sharpshooters to high flyers, this season welcomes a plethora of must-watch talent.

Former Panther Artis comes up empty in TBT championship, despite strong performance

Former Pitt guard Jamel Artis took the court Tuesday Night in The Basketball Tournament championship game.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

July 14, 2020

As professional sports leagues prepare for tightly monitored seasons, former Pitt guard Jamel Artis has taken the court this July in one of the first returns to organized basketball.

Miami transfer Sibande picks Pitt

Miami transfer Sibande picks Pitt

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 20, 2020

Pitt men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel added to his already robust 2020 recruiting class on Saturday afternoon. Miami University transfer guard Nike Sibande announced at 1 p.m. on his Twitter account that he will use his final year of eligibility playing for the Panthers.

Men’s basketball offers four prospects on first day of 2022 contact

Panthers head coach Jeff Capel extended four offers to 2022 prospects on Monday

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 16, 2020

Pitt men’s basketball currently boasts the second-best 2022 recruiting class in the country, trailing only Atlantic Coast Conference rival Syracuse. The one caveat: there are only four total commitments in the class spread across four teams. But that will change quickly, as restrictions on contact with players expired at midnight on Monday.

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.

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