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Xavier Johnson quashes transfer rumors

Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson (1) announced he plans to continue playing for Pitt for his junior season.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

March 16, 2020

Johnson dispelled any notion that he’ll be wearing another jersey next season, tweeting Sunday that he plans to stay at Pitt.

Pitt breaks in new threads with 71-60 win over Rutgers

Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson (1) goes up for a dunk during Pitt’s 71-60 victory over Rutgers.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

December 4, 2019

The Panthers put forth a performance to match their stylish appearance, taking down Rutgers 71-60 at the Petersen Events Center as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Pitt channels inner Rocky, beats Monmouth 63-50

Sophomore guard Xavier Johnson (1) scored 15 points during Pitt’s 63-50 victory over Monmouth.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

November 19, 2019

Pitt men’s basketball got back in the win column on Monday night thanks to a second-half surge from Xavier Johnson and Jeff Capel’s love of ’80s movies.

Pitt basketball embraces new emotional emphasis

Last year, Xavier Johnson established himself as one of the premier point guards in the ACC by averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 assists per game, and was the only player in the ACC to reach both of those benchmarks.

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

October 30, 2019

After undergoing an offseason of cosmetic changes — to their roster, uniforms and home court — Pitt men’s basketball has shifted its collective focus above the neck.

Pitt upsets No. 11 Florida State 75-62

First-year guard Trey McGowens attempts a dunk during Pitt’s 75-62 victory over Florida State Monday evening.

By Andrew Kelly, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019

First-year Trey McGowens notched his second 30 point game of his career in Pitt’s upset over Florida State on Monday night.

Panther Spotlight: Xavier Johnson, Danielle Garven, Nika Markovic

First-year guard Xavier Johnson, pictured here against VMI, extended his double-digit scoring streak to eight games in a 74-53 victory over Duquesne.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 26, 2018

Xavier Johnson and Danielle Garven have helped out Pitt’s basketball teams in the early going, while Nika Markovic led the volleyball team to a strong regular-season finish.

First-year guards lead Pitt past Penguins, 69-53, in opener

First-year guard Xavier Johnson (1) contributed 16 points in Pitt’s 69-53 victory over Youngstown State Tuesday night.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

November 6, 2018

First-year guards Trey McGowens and Xavier Johnson led the Panthers with 17 and 16 points, respectively, and the Panthers scored 27 fast-break points en route to a comfortable 16-point victory.

Pitt basketball secures 4-star guard Au’Diese Toney

New men's basketball coach Jeff Capel received his first commitment for the 2018-2019 season with Trey McGowens, Pitt's first top-100 recruit since 2013. (Photo by Mackenzie Rodrigues | Contributing Editor)

By Hannah Schneider | Sports Editor

June 2, 2018

Jeff Capel landed another highly rated recruit when Au’Diese Toney verbally committed to Pitt today — joining Xavier Johnson, Curtis Aiken and Trey McGowens in Pitt’s class of 2018. Committed — A.M.T (@thefuturetoney) June 2, 2018 The Fayetteville, North Carolina nat...

Players with promise: Capel welcomes 3 top-100 athletes to Pitt

McGowens takes a fadeaway shot in his Hargrave Military Academy uniform. (Photo courtesy of Bobby McGowens)

By Tessa Sayers | For The Pitt News

May 30, 2018

The first things Trey McGowens noticed were the bridges. He had never been to Pittsburgh before — but everyone in Pittsburgh already knew who he was. Just 28 days after Jeff Capel was named the head coach of Pitt’s men’s basketball team in late March, he was about to officially sign McGowens, Pitt...

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