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2018 Summer Hoops Refresh - Pittsburgh

Posted on September 13, 2018, in The ACC by StLouHoo.

Welcome back to the Hoos Place 2018 Summer Hoops Refresh, where we review last season and this summer's personnel moves for all 15 ACC programs in alphabetical order. To read program capsules already complete, you can click here. Today we look at the...

Pittsburgh Panthers

Pittsburgh was last year's ACC whipping boy, Kevin Stallings proving so overwhelmingly inept (honestly, who didn't see that coming?) that following a perfect 0-18 ACC record, he was allegedly paid $9 million to go away. In his place is former VCU and OU head coach and recently Coach K's bag man, Jeff Capel. Will he be able to turn the ship around to any meaningful degree this season?

Coach: Jeff Capel; 175-110 in 9 seasons overall, first season at Pitt.

2017-18 Record: Last season: 8-24 (0-18); ACCT first round (15 seed); No postseason

2017-18 Efficiency:

National:

ORtg: 98.9 (278 of 351)

DRtg: 104.7 (166of 351)

ACC:

ORtg: 86.8 (15 of 15)

DRtg: 116.2 (15 of 15)

 

Roster Roundup:

Key Departures:

PG Marcus Carr (Transfer)

PG Jonathan Milligan (Grad)

SG Monty Boykins (Grad)

F Parker Stewart (Transfer)

18 G, 28 mpg, 8 ppg, 4.1 apg, 2.4 topg, 23% 3p%

18 G, 14 mpg, 4 ppg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 topg, 15% 3p%

12 G, 6 mpg, 2 ppg, 0 apg, 0.3 topg, 15% 3p%

18 G, 31 mpg, 11 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 34 2p%, 43% 3p%

Key Returnees:

SG Khameron Davis (So)

G/F Jared Wilson-Frame (RS Sr)

SF Samson George (RS So)

F Shamiel Stevenson (So)

F Kene Chukwuka (Jr)

F/C Terrell Brown (So)

F/C Peace Ilegomah (So)

18 G, 25 mpg, 3 ppg, 0.9 apg, 1.1 topg, 31% 3p%

18 G, 27 mpg, 13 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 45 2p%, 31% 3p%

9 G, 4 mpg, 0 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 40 2p%, 0% 3p%

18 G, 23 mpg, 8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 53 2p%, 53% 3p%

18 G, 19 mpg, 3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 56 2p%, 22% 3p%

18 G, 22 mpg, 5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.9 blkpg, 38% fg%

15 G, 5 mpg, 0 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.1 blkpg, 40% fg%

Key Additions:

PG Sidy N'Dir (RS Sr Grad Transfer)

PG Xavier Johnson (3* Fr)

G Trey McGowens (4* Fr)

G/F Au'Diese Toney (3* Fr)

SF Malik Ellison (RS Jr Transfer)

 

14 G, 26 mpg, 8 ppg, 1.6 apg, 0.5 topg, 32% 3p%

    Last year at New Mexico State

 

 

18 G, 26 mpg, 7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 48 2p%, 29% 3p%

    Two years ago at St Johns

*Statistics based on ACC play. Projected starters in bold

 

2017/18 ACC Opponents:

Home & Away: Clemson, Louisville, NC State, Syracuse 
Home Only: Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame,Virginia Tech 
Away Only: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia, Wake Forest 

 

Outlook:

Pitt's going to have another rough year. Nowhere to go but up after 0-18, of course, but Capel had to do a ton of work to put together a roster in short order when most of those winless players tried to transfer upon the coaching change. There were a couple important losses, with the transfers of Carr (Minnesota) and Stewart (UT-Martin) both robbing Capel of some nice young pieces to build around, though getting Wilson-Frame back for his senior year gives him at least one proven scorer to work with. Shamiel Stevenson is really the only other returner we see much potential in, as the big wing also proved a competent three point shooter. Other than that, Capel's working with an odd mix of low-profile transfers (N'Dir, Ellison), true freshmen (Johnson, McGowens, and Toney, the latter two of which were 2019 kids before committing and reclassifying), and former Stallings recruits that never really looked ACC-quality (Chukwuku, Davis, Peace, George, and Ilegomah). Figuring out which of these will rise to the challenge, who will stick long term, and who won't is anyone's guess (so take my stabs at the starting lineup with a big grain of salt). The freshmen are promising but may be a year away. Ultimately, this is a transition year for the Panthers, and I'd expect them to miss the postseason yet again, challenging GT for the ACC's bottom spot.

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