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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.
Heather Lyke, Pitt's athletic director, speaks at a January 2020 press conference.

New NIL rules met with uncertainty, excitement for Pitt Athletics

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor July 1, 2021
But with different states enacting different rules — the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a bill last week that allows athletes to capitalize on NIL — it appears as though uncertainty and confusion is common among Pitt Athletics staff and the nation as a whole about the future of collegiate athletics.
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.
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.
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.
Senior center Terrell Brown plays against NC State on Feb. 17.

In four rocky years with sweeping changes, Terrell Brown embraces role in Pitt’s rebuild

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer March 10, 2021
Among it all, Brown has stood as a soft-spoken 6-foot-10 figure among the Pitt men’s basketball program, working quietly to serve as a brick in the foundation laid by the coach who did not recruit him.
Pitt star forward Justin Champagnie announced on Tuesday that he will

Column | Champagnie has earned his status among ACC’s elite

By Zack Gibney, For The Pitt News February 19, 2021
Historically, the conference gives ACC Player of the Year to an outstanding player on an exceptional team primed for a deep tournament run in March — where Champagnie has a problem.
Au’Diese Toney pictured against Virginia Tech on Feb. 4.

Takeaways from Pitt’s road loss against Georgia Tech

By Zack Gibney, For The Pitt News February 17, 2021
Pitt’s 71-65 loss to Georgia Tech on Sunday marked their fifth in six games, and showcased many of the consistent struggles that have doomed them throughout the skid.
Xavier Johnson, pictured here against Virginia Tech on Feb. 3, contributed 10 of Pitt’s 66 points against Virginia on Saturday.

Panthers doomed by short Cavalier burst, lose to UVA 73-66

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor February 8, 2021
Pitt men’s basketball was in control for most of the game, but a short run early in the second half cemented UVA’s 73-66 win over the Panthers on Saturday afternoon.
Shifted starting lineup provides spark in 83-72 upset of No. 16 Hokies

Shifted starting lineup provides spark in 83-72 upset of No. 16 Hokies

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor February 3, 2021
Xavier Johnson’s career-best 32 points was supported by a suffocating defensive effort as Pitt topped No. 16 Virginia Tech, 83-72, for their first win over a ranked opponent in more than two years.
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