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Former Pitt forward Justin Champagnie signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors and saw his first professional action last month at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Champagnie shows off a different skill set at NBA Summer League

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor September 2, 2021
Former Pitt forward Justin Champagnie did not hear his name called on the night of the NBA Draft like he expected. But his disappointment didn’t last long. Shortly after the end of the second and final round, he signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors and saw his first professional action last month at the Las Vegas Summer League, every rookie’s first stop after signing.
Sophomore forward Justin Champagnie (11) finished second in points per game and first in rebounds per game in the ACC. In comparison to last season, he increased his scoring average from 12.7 to 18.4 points per game, and his rebounding average from 7.0 to 11.1 per game.

Justin Champagnie declares for NBA Draft

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor May 10, 2021
After announcing that he was considering entering his name into the NBA Draft, star forward Justin Champagnie made it official Monday — the sophomore will forgo his remaining years of collegiate eligibility and go pro.
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.
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.
The Pitt Panthers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will compete as the No. 8- and No. 6-ranked teams in the ACC, respectively, this Feb. 14.

Preview: Pitt will outduel Yellow Jackets behind dominant Champagnie performance

By Eddie Lasker, For The Pitt News February 10, 2021
The Pitt Panthers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will square off as the No. 8 and No. 6 teams in the ACC standings, respectively, on Sunday at 4 p.m.
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.
Sophomore forward Justin Champagnie scored 23 of Pitt’s 65 points against UNC Tuesday night. Pitt lost 75-65.

Pitt outmuscled by UNC, drops second straight game, 75-65

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor January 27, 2021
On Tuesday night, just one week removed from the Duke win, the mood had completely flipped. Pitt (8-4 overall, 4-3 ACC) was maddeningly sloppy against North Carolina (11-5 overall, 6-3 ACC) and lost 75-65 in deflating fashion at the Pete.
Sophomore forward Justin Champagnie ranks first in the ACC and second in the entire nation with 12.4 rebounds per game.

Column | Pitt basketball’s past struggles have become its biggest strengths

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer January 26, 2021
Though the sample size is small, the Panthers’ 4-2 start to conference play is not a fluke. The team clearly made visible improvements in spite of an unprecedentedly disjointed offseason. While several of the same, nagging woes haunted Pitt teams for the first two seasons of Jeff Capel’s tenure, he has seemingly managed to flip the script in his third season.
“Pitt is back”: Champagnie dominates as Pitt downs Duke, 79-73

“Pitt is back”: Champagnie dominates as Pitt downs Duke, 79-73

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor January 20, 2021
Pitt (8-2 overall, 4-1 ACC), rode another game of dominance from first-year forward Justin Champagnie to a 79-73 win over Duke (5-4 overall, 3-2 ACC), the Panthers’ first over the Blue Devils since Feb. 2016. 
First-year forward Justin Champagnie competes for possession of the ball.

Champagnie, Capel make remarkable returns, Pitt pounds Syracuse, 96-76

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor January 16, 2021
Justin Champagnie, Jeff Capel and Pitt men’s basketball all made varying returns from different absences on Saturday afternoon and the end result was a blowout 96-76 victory over rival Syracuse.
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