The Pitt News

TPN predicts Pitt men’s basketball

TPN predicts Pitt men’s basketball

By The Pitt News Staff

November 5, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Here are some of our staff's predictions for the upcoming Pitt men's basketball season:Dan Sostek, Assistant Sports EditorThe Panthers face one of their tougher non-conference schedules in recent memory, traveling to Bloomington to take on Indiana, while a potential matchup with either BYU or San Diego S...

Durand Johnson

Durand Johnson

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 3, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Durand Johnson defends a pass in Pitt's exhibition game against IUP.

Johnson continues rehabilitation for upcoming season

Johnson continues rehabilitation for upcoming season

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 3, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

This story is a continuation of a story published on Monday. Read part one here.After he tore his ACL on Jan. 11, Durand Johnson’s spirits were low. But encouraging words from his family and friends helped him recuperate.“I had so much positive feedback and so many positive people around me that kept me with a ...

Mike Young

Mike Young

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 2, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports

Mike Young will step into more of a leadership role at Pitt this year.

Taking charge: Mike Young taking leadership role for Pitt

Taking charge: Mike Young taking leadership role for Pitt

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports

During the summer of 2013, the Pitt men’s basketball team faced a glaring hole at the center position after losing three key players. Steven Adams went to the NBA, reserve center Dante Taylor graduated and third-stringer Malcolm Gilbert transferred to Fairfield.But head coach Jamie Dixon didn’t fre...

Durand Johnson

Durand Johnson

By Jeff Ahearn / Assistant Visual Editor

November 2, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports

Durand Johnson is back on the court and played in Pitt's first exhibition game against IUP.

Road to recovery: Durand Johnson returns to court after major injury

Road to recovery: Durand Johnson returns to court after major injury

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

November 2, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials / Basketballpreview2014, Sports

As the younger brother of a highly successful athlete, Durand Johnson always felt pressure to keep up with his sibling. After seeing his brother, Derrell Johnson, sign with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent from Eastern Carolina University, Durand became especially motivated.“That just ad...

Dixon experiments with lineup in exhibition win

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

November 1, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

College basketball exhibition games are generally played before sub-1,000 crowds, and they don’t entail much excitement. One attraction to exhibition games, however, is that teams will reveal some type of their starting lineup.In Pitt’s 72-58 win over IUP Friday at the Petersen Events Center, coa...

Dixon lands 2015 center commit

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

October 27, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Rozelle Nix, a 7-foot-tall center from Pensacola State College (Fla.), committed to play for the Pitt basketball team on Sunday.Nix committed two days after visiting the school on Oct. 24 during the team’s Spike and Slam Madness, Pitt’s basketball season kick-off on Friday night. He was also conside...

Derrick Randall

Derrick Randall

By Subhana Chaudhri / Staff Photographer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Derrick Randall sprained his ankle during Sunday's Blue-Gold Scrimmage in a collision with James Robinson.

Randall sprains ankle during scrimmage

Randall sprains ankle during scrimmage

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

October 19, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt senior center Derrick Randall sprained his left ankle during the first half of Pitt’s Blue-Gold Scrimmage Sunday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.While running down the court during a change in possession, Randall collided with point guard James Robinson and fell to the ground, where he...

Welcome Back: Yearning to play, Johnson nears return from ACL injury

Welcome Back: Yearning to play, Johnson nears return from ACL injury

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

August 19, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials, Specials / Welcomeback2014, Sports

Durand Johnson penetrated the right side of the lane, heaved a running jumper, got fouled and landed awkwardly on his right leg. He cringed for a minute, clutching his knee on the floor, then stood up and sank two free throws.Pitt fans inside the Petersen Events Center sighed in relief. Johnson was the...

College Sports: Judge rules against NCAA in antitrust case

By MCT Campus

August 8, 2014


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports

OAKLAND, Calif._U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken dealt a major blow Friday afternoon to the NCAA and its long-held value of amateurism, ruling in an antitrust case that the association's policies banning athletes from profiting from their own names, images and likenesses "unreasonably restrain trade."Wil...

Men’s Basketball: Patterson joins Turkish team

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

August 5, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Former standout Pitt basketball player Lamar Patterson has signed a contract to play with Tofas Sports Club in Turkey.Adam Pensack, Patterson's agent, said the deal is for one year. The team’s season begins in October and ends in May."I am excited about heading to Tofas in Turkey this season," Patters...

Men’s Basketball: Lamar Patterson selected in second round of NBA Draft

Men’s Basketball: Lamar Patterson selected in second round of NBA Draft

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

June 27, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Lamar Patterson’s dream of playing in the NBA is that much closer to coming true.The former Pitt men’s basketball player was selected 48th overall in the NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.The news came late Thursday night from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the site of the event.Patterson, the 18th...

Men’s Basketball: Doorson reopens his recruitment

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

June 25, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

In early March, it seemed as though Pitt men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon had the first Kobe-Shaq duo since the Los Angeles Lakers. It wasn’t to be.Kobe Eubanks, a highly rated shooting guard prospect from Florida, would commit to Baylor University over Pitt and other schools in March. The Pit...

Men’s Basketball: Marlon Williamson opens up about why he chose Pitt

Men’s Basketball: Marlon Williamson opens up about why he chose Pitt

By Ryan Bertonaschi / Senior Staff Writer

June 24, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

When former Pitt men’s basketball assistant coach Barry Rohrssen parted ways with Jamie Dixon and Pitt’s staff for the University of Kentucky in April, he left a hole in Pitt’s bench that gaped wider every day.Nine weeks later, Dixon found the guy to fill the space left behind.Enter ex-UMass as...

Men’s Basketball: Marlon Williamson hired as assistant coach

By Ryan Bertonaschi and Jasper Wilson / The Pitt News Staff

June 17, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Follow @wilson_jasper // In the Vatican City, when a new pope is chosen, white smoke exits through the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Nothing of the sort was evident at the Petersen Events Center on Tuesday, but “Smoke” will soon come to Oakland. Marlon “Smoke” Williamson, assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst for the past two seasons, will join Jamie Dixon’s staff to serve in the same capacity, replacing assistant coach Barry Rohrssen, the ...

Colllege Sports: Ex-UCLA star O’Bannon takes stand in antitrust suit vs. NCAA

By Lee Romney and David Wharton / MCT Campus

June 10, 2014


Filed under Football, Men's Basketball, Sports

Oakland, Calif.— As a much-anticipated federal trial began here Monday, the walls that have long separated college athletes from the riches of a multibillion-dollar sports enterprise began to show some cracks.The occasion was the opening of an antitrust lawsuit filed on behalf of current and former men’s b...

Pitt men’s basketball recruits eager to contribute

By Jeremy Tepper / Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Specials, Specials / Newstudentguide2014, Sports, Sports Columns

In the last few years, Jamie Dixon has had to bring in larger recruitment classes than he anticipated, and likely wanted to. This has been mostly due to transfers. For his 2014 recruitment class, Dixon has voluntarily brought in a large class, signing five players to letters of intent.The first of those...

Men’s Basketball: Steven Adams receives NBA rookie honor

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 22, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Former Pitt men’s basketball player Steven Adams has been named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the league announced.Adams, who played at Pitt as a freshman during the 2012-2013 season before declaring for the NBA Draft, received a place on the five-person list on Thursday,  after garnering nine F...

Men’s Basketball: Lamar Patterson to attend NBA Combine

Men’s Basketball: Lamar Patterson to attend NBA Combine

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

May 13, 2014


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Lamar Patterson will be among the 60 professional prospects attending the NBA Draft Combine, the league announced on Monday.The event begins Wednesday in Chicago with interviews involving team personnel, while drills and other physical activities will happen Thursday and Friday.One of two Pitt players ...

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper
Men’s Basketball