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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.

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.

Pittsburgh sports community donates $800,000 to vaccine research

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke. (TPN File photo)

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

May 6, 2020

Pitt athletics announced Wednesday morning that four of the department’s leaders — athletic director Heather Lyke, head football coach Pat Narduzzi, head women’s basketball coach Lance White and head men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel — would donate a combined $500,000 to support Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research in their pursuit of a vaccine that protects against the coronavirus.

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. 

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.

Pitt to stifle Syracuse stars on senior night

Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson (1) at last year’s matchup against Syracuse at the Pete.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

With the Oakland Zoo behind it and an improved performance against Syracuse’s infamous zone defense, Pitt will upset the Orange following Wednesday’s senior night festivities.

Horton earns high praise from Capel, Johnson

Pitt sophomore transfer Ithiel Horton averaged 13.2 points per game as a first-year player at Delaware.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

February 25, 2020

One topic surprisingly rose to the forefront of Pitt basketball’s Monday media session — the behind-the-scenes play of sophomore transfer guard Ithiel Horton.

Toney’s 27 not enough as Duke defeats Pitt 79-67

Sophomore guard Au’Diese Toney (5) attempts a 3-pointer at last year’s matchup with Duke at the Petersen Events Center.

By Nick Carlisano, Senior Staff Writer

January 29, 2020

A career-high 27 points from sophomore forward Au’Diese Toney wasn’t enough for Pitt to steal a win against the Blue Devils Tuesday night.

Capel on Kobe: ‘It’s like a superhero dying’

Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant at the final game of his career in 2016.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

January 28, 2020

When Jeff Capel addresses the media each week, the discussion typically centers around his team. That wasn’t the case Monday afternoon, as Capel reflected on the legacy of Kobe Bryant’s life and the tragedy of his death.

Pitt basketball embraces new emotional emphasis

Last year, Xavier Johnson established himself as one of the premier point guards in the ACC by averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 assists per game, and was the only player in the ACC to reach both of those benchmarks.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

October 30, 2019

After undergoing an offseason of cosmetic changes — to their roster, uniforms and home court — Pitt men’s basketball has shifted its collective focus above the neck.

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