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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.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.

Take 5: Blue Jays, MLB relegation and NBA expansion

By The Pitt News Staff April 2, 2021
Back for another Take 5, sports writers at The Pitt News discuss hot topics from MLB Opening Day to the NCAA tournament’s gender inequity controversy.
The New Orleans Pelicans' Steven Adams (12) drives to the net during the second half against the Toronto Raptors' Aron Baynes (46) and Fred VanVleet (23) at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, on Dec. 23, 2020.

Panthers in the Pros: 2021 Basketball Edition

By John Riskis, Staff Writer March 12, 2021
From program superstars like Steven Adams to transfer departures like Ryan Luther, find out how former Panthers are performing at the professional level.
Georgia's Anthony Edwards reacts to his breakaway slam dunk after making a steal late in the second half against Texas A&M on Feb. 1.

Column | Depth makes up for lack of starpower in 2020 NBA draft

By Eddie Lasker, For The Pitt News November 16, 2020
With a record-tying 17th Los Angeles Lakers championship in the rearview, the NBA rapidly approaches its start of the season on Dec. 22. To accommodate the altered schedule, the NBA draft will take place Thursday. An incomplete college season will make prospects harder to evaluate, but most of the top 10 picks should come easily.
Sabrina Ionescu of the New York Liberty walks across the court during halftime of a game against the Phoenix Mercury on Aug. 2.

Column | WNBA players lead renewed push for empowered athletes

By Hope Matyas, Staff Writer October 28, 2020
July 2020 marked two months since the killing of George Floyd, four months since the killing of Breonna Taylor and the start of one of the most controversial professional sports seasons in recent history.
Jalen Green opted to forego the college route to play in the NBA’s G League.

Point-Counterpoint | The case for NCAA modernization

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer May 19, 2020
News flash — College basketball isn’t going anywhere. Even before a pandemic-induced shutdown and subsequent cancellation of the annual championship tournament, questions about the sport’s future bubbled below the surface as both federal authorities and NCAA leadership conducted investigations into top programs and coaches. These questions boiled over when three top recruits were lured away from the traditional road to the NBA by lucrative offers to spend a year of professional development with a startup team in the G League, the NBA’s minor league, before becoming eligible for the draft next year.
Jalen Green opted to forego the college route to play in the NBA’s G League.

Point-Counterpoint | The case for the G League

By Camryn Simons, Staff Writer May 19, 2020
Top high school basketball players, like five-star prospects Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix, shocked basketball fans this commitment season by foregoing the traditional college route to play in the NBA’s G League. It’s a smart move, especially for players with serious dreams of lengthy NBA careers.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on Nov. 21, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Revamping Silver’s season salvaging tournament

By Sean Tierney, Staff Writer February 3, 2020
The league has grown massively in popularity over the past decade. Despite its upward trajectory, there is still one nagging obstacle that holds the NBA back — an 82-game regular season.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield walks off the field after losing to the Seattle Seahawks, Oct. 13, at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Take 5: Getting excited for NBA, Williamson

By TPN Staff October 18, 2019
With the NBA season starting on Oct. 22, The Pitt News sports staff takes on several basketball-related topics such as the potential of Zion Williamson and the league’s improving parity.
Lebron James answered questions about the NBA’s current tension with China at a press conference on Monday.

Column: LeBron is all for activism — until it’s an inconvenience

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor October 16, 2019
LeBron James recently addressed Daryl Morey’s comments and the ensuing fallout from China, resulting in a stunning display of tone-deafness from an individual typically known for adept social commentary.
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