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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.

Former Panther Artis comes up empty in TBT championship, despite strong performance

Former Pitt guard Jamel Artis took the court Tuesday Night in The Basketball Tournament championship game.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

July 14, 2020

As professional sports leagues prepare for tightly monitored seasons, former Pitt guard Jamel Artis has taken the court this July in one of the first returns to organized basketball.

Additional athletes to return to campus on June 29

Pitt Athletics announced Tuesday that five other Panther teams will return on June 29.

By Alex Lehmbeck, Senior Staff Writer

June 23, 2020

Two weeks after Pitt welcomed football players back to campus for a phased return to voluntary offseason activity, Pitt Athletics announced Tuesday that five other Panther teams will return on June 29 for a similar process.

Miami transfer Sibande picks Pitt

Miami transfer Sibande picks Pitt

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor

June 20, 2020

Pitt men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel added to his already robust 2020 recruiting class on Saturday afternoon. Miami University transfer guard Nike Sibande announced at 1 p.m. on his Twitter account that he will use his final year of eligibility playing for the Panthers.

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. 

Michael chooses Elon, Pitt eyeing Murphy III

Michael chooses Elon, Pitt eyeing Murphy III

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

April 7, 2020

After striking out on several top prospects in recent weeks, Pitt basketball is looking for Rice transfer Trey Murphy III or 2020 recruit William Jeffress to fill its last two scholarships.

March 27, 2003: Dwyane Wade ends Howland era

Ben Howland took over as Pitt’s Men’s Basketball head coach in 1999 and built the Panthers into a contending team on the national stage.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 27, 2020

March 27, 2003, was the day Pitt basketball fans became acquainted with one the greatest shooting guards to ever play the game — Dwyane Wade.

Pitt’s future is bright with Hugley, Hood-Schifino

John Hugley (left) and Jalen Hood-Schifino (right) both hold four-star rankings and are currently committed to Pitt basketball's class of 2020 and class of 2022, respectively.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 26, 2020

Pitt hasn't had a winning season in the post-Jamie Dixon era — but with a pair of outstanding prospects set to join the team over the next few years, fans can expect the Panthers to return to their winning ways.

March 26, 2009: Levance Fields cements Pitt legacy

Senior guard LeVance Fields scored five points in the last minute to lift Pitt over Xavier in the 2009 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

By Kyle Saxon, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Exactly 11 years ago today, senior Pitt guard Levance Fields ensured that Pitt would not suffer another Sweet 16 disappointment.

Projecting the makeup of Pitt’s post-transfer roster

Trey McGowens celebrates during Pitt's 63-61 win over Florida State.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 22, 2020

Recently, Pitt men’s basketball’s roster became subject to college basketball’s ever-volatile transfer portal. Now the Panthers are trying to use it to bolster a crop of already talented newcomers.

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