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Panic at the Pete: Wise, Johnson’s transfers cause for alarm

Cameron Johnson (23) is the fourth player to transfer from the Pitt men's basketball team since the end of the season. TPN File Photo (2017)

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 3, 2017

It started with a harmless announcement March 13. That’s when sophomore guard Crisshawn Clark revealed his intention to transfer from the Pitt men’s basketball team after missing the entire 2016-17 season with a torn MCL and meniscus. Clark could have provided some useful depth for the Panthers if health...

Leading returning scorer Cameron Johnson leaving Pitt

Redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson is transferring from the Pitt men's basketball team. Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 1, 2017

After having three players transfer in the past three weeks, the Pitt men’s basketball team is now losing its leading returning scorer. Redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Johnson is pursuing his transfer from the university. Johnson’s father Gil confirmed the news to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette early Sat...

Damon Wilson transferring from Pitt men’s basketball team

Sophomore guard Damon Wilson is the third player to transfer from the Pitt men's basketball team in the past week. Evan Meng | Staff Photographer

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 23, 2017

Another day, another player transferring away from the Pitt men’s basketball team. Sophomore Damon Wilson announced his intention to transfer from the team Wednesday, barely one week after true freshman Corey Manigault and sophomore Crisshawn Clark decided to leave the team. “I am grateful for my ...

Rozelle Nix: Big man on campus

Redshirt junior Rozelle Nix has seen increased playing time, and enthusiasm from the fans, this year. Jordan Mondell | Layout Editor

By Kevin Bertha | Staff Writer

February 28, 2017

After years of rigorous work on various courts, Rozelle Nix finally saw his dedication pay off this season. Pitt trailed by five with seven minutes left in the game against the winningest coach of all-time, Mike Krzyzewski, and the No. 21 Duke Blue Devils. Sophomore guard Cameron Johnson missed a ...

Panthers open season — again — with 84-43 win over St. Joseph’s (Indiana)

Michael Young drives for a layup in Tuesday night's game against St. Joseph's (Indiana).  Meghan Sunners | Senior Staff Photographer

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 18, 2015

With a pristine, safe hardwood court under its feet, the Pitt men’s basketball team officially opened its season, avoiding a slipup Tuesday evening. After officials cancelled Pitt’s original season opener — a matchup in Okinawa, Japan, against No. 9 Gonzaga —  at halftime last Friday due to sli...

Pitt cruises to 80-50 victory over Gannon in exhibition

Alonzo Nelson-Ododa attempts a close range shot. 
Heather Tennant | Staff Photographer

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

November 6, 2015

It might not have counted, but the Pitt men’s basketball team surged on Friday night. With the season opener against Gonzaga approaching next week, the Panthers took the court for their first and only exhibition game, defeating the Gannon Golden Knights 80-50 at the Petersen Events Center. Though...

Rotation questions need resolutions prior to opening of season for mens, women’s basketball

Alonzo-Nelson Ododa goes up for the shot.  Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

November 5, 2015

As leaves fall and the air chills, the attention of Pitt fans shifts from the resurgent Panther football team to the promising campaigns of the Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams. Hitting the court Nov. 13, for their season openers, the men’s team is prepping its suitcases for a trip to Japan,...

After trying offseason, Wilson ready for impact on court

Damon Wilson is looking forward to seeing the court after a tough offseason
Jeff Ahearn | Assistant Visual Editor

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

October 21, 2015

With the NCAA questioning his academic eligibility following graduation, Pitt basketball commit Damon Wilson was angry. Before the NCAA eventually deemed him eligible for collegiate play in September, it challenged the freshman guard and his teammates’ high school course loads. “When we heard they w...

Dixon, Pitt basketball need to up recruiting game to compete in ACC

Jamie Dixon and the Panthers need to improve in recruiting to succeed in the ACC. Theo Schwarz | Senior Staff Photographer

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

September 30, 2015

There was a time when Pitt basketball could compile northeastern-focused recruiting classes. Unfortunately for Jamie Dixon and the Panthers, that time has passed. For the majority of Dixon’s tenure as Pitt’s head basketball coach, becoming a regular season force and faltering in the postseason w...

Damon Wilson cleared academically, eligible immediately

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

September 10, 2015

The NCAA has cleared Pitt freshman point guard Damon Wilson academically, Pitt confirmed on Thursday. "We had great confidence that Damon was going to be fine academically, and we got the word yesterday [that he was cleared]," Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said at a press conference Thursday. "It's...

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