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Point-Counterpoint | The case for NCAA modernization

Jalen Green opted to forego the college route to play in the NBA’s G League.

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

News flash — College basketball isn’t going anywhere. Even before a pandemic-induced shutdown and subsequent cancellation of the annual championship tournament, questions about the sport’s future bubbled below the surface as both federal authorities and NCAA leadership conducted investigations into top programs and coaches. These questions boiled over when three top recruits were lured away from the traditional road to the NBA by lucrative offers to spend a year of professional development with a startup team in the G League, the NBA’s minor league, before becoming eligible for the draft next year.

Point-Counterpoint | The case for the G League

Jalen Green opted to forego the college route to play in the NBA’s G League.

By Camryn Simons, Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

Top high school basketball players, like five-star prospects Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix, shocked basketball fans this commitment season by foregoing the traditional college route to play in the NBA’s G League. It’s a smart move, especially for players with serious dreams of lengthy NBA careers.

Pitt hosts virtual Panthers’ Choice Awards amidst pandemic

Senior receiver Maurice Ffrench won the Panther Award in the 2020 Panthers' Choice Awards.

By Marshall Worth, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

Pitt Athletics hosted its third annual Panthers' Choice Awards Wednesday, celebrating student-athlete achievements in academics, athletics and citizenship.

Top 5 basketball movies to watch in quarantine

“Space Jam” is an iconic basketball movie and is available on Netflix.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

March 29, 2020

Day 18 without sports.  If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to find some sort of alternative to live sports entertainment. Many innovative fans have come up with multiple ideas already, but one obvious solution is to start binging sports movies at an unhealthy rate. Right about now we’d normally be enjoying the fruits of March Madness and the conclusion of the NBA regular season, but instead we can only turn on the best basketball films available.

VIDEO: PITT vs. UVA – Men’s ACC Basketball (w/ Broadcast Audio)

February 25, 2020

Watch the highlights of the Pitt Panthers men's basketball team as they host the Virginia Cavaliers at the Petersen Events Center (with an accompanying audio broadcast). Final score: 59 - 56 Virginia. Shot and edited by Nate Kohler, multimedia staff Broadcast audio by WPTS

Pitt secures signees across three sports

Pitt head lacrosse coach Emily Boissonneault announced her first five signees Tuesday afternoon.

By Sean Tierney, Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

Several Pitt commitments became official on Tuesday when recruits for the lacrosse, wrestling and basketball programs inked letters of intent during the NCAA’s early signing period.

Is Pitt basketball’s glass half empty or half full?

Xavier Johnson ranks seventh on the Panthers' with a field-goal percentage of 31.4%.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 18, 2019

For a team that has beaten ACC foe Florida State but also fallen to little-known Nicholls State, there have emerged two opposing outlooks.

Takeaways from Pitt basketball’s opening night

First-year guards Gerald Drumgoole Jr. (4) and Justin Champagnie (11) celebrate after Wednesday’s 63-61 victory over Florida State.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

Pitt basketball’s first win was defined by two aspects that could come to define the team throughout the season — its defense and its bench.

Recruiting Roundup: Pitt basketball strikes out on a trio of top talent

Recruiting Roundup: Pitt basketball strikes out on a trio of top talent

By Tyler Moran, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

Pitt basketball swung and missed on a few high-end recruits, while Pitt football strengthened its class of 2021 by landing a highly touted recruit with the ability to play on both sides of the ball.

Panthers survive Seminoles, 63-61, in season debut

Florida State defenders get physical with Justin Champagnie (11) as he tries to shoot.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

November 7, 2019

Though it wasn't pretty, Pitt men's basketball started its season off right with a 63-61 win over ACC foe Florida State in front of a restructured and rejuvenated Oakland Zoo on Wednesday night.

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