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2024 Pitt Commit Jahsear Whittington Declares Go to to Rutgers

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It’s Junior Day at Rutgers this Sunday, and Jahsear Whittington will probably be in New Brunswick, New Jersey for the afternoon.

Whittington, a 2024 four-star Pitt defensive lineman commit, introduced through Twitter that he will probably be making the short trek from his native Philadelphia to Rutgers’ campus for a day with Rutgers’ head coach Greg Schiano.

It’s very probably that Whittington will probably be making the journey with just a few of his Imhotep Constitution teammates, which incorporates four-star Pitt cornerback goal Kenny Woseley.

It’s not ideally suited information, however it’s additionally not all that regarding. Whittington, who dedicated to Pitt approach again in April, serving as the primary verbal dedication within the class of 2024, has very vocally expressed his pleasure in ultimately arriving at Pitt.

He’s taken an energetic position in serving as a lead recruiter for Pitt’s class of 2024.

Whittington has made a handful of visits to Pittsburgh since his very first again in April — simply earlier than his dedication. He made it out for a camp in June, and he attended each the West Virginia and Virginia Tech video games within the fall.

PSN final caught up with Whittington after the PIAA Class-5A championship, a hard-fought loss for Whittington and Imhotep, and he expressed his want to enhance this offseason.

“I get extra time to prep earlier than I get to Pitt,” Whittington mentioned. “I’ve gotta keep robust, simply fear in regards to the low season, simply working to excellent my craft and be higher… going ahead, simply give attention to faculty and getting higher over the low season.”

Whittington is coming off a robust junior season through which he recorded over 40 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, recovered three fumbles and earned second consecutive All-State honors.

The 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive lineman is the prototypical “undersized” dynamo. He’s already shaped a robust bond with defensive position coach Charlie Partridge, too.

Pitt has some time to go earlier than he’s in a position to signal, however there’s a robust relationship already between Whittington and Pitt — and the followers.

Whittington and four-star broad receiver DayDay Farmer (Cocoa, Florida) have offered a really robust basis for Pitt’s class of 2024.



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Pitt has Probability to Tie for First in ACC on Tuesday In opposition to Louisville

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On Saturday, each Clemson and Virginia misplaced in ACC matchups, serving to Pitt transfer into second place within the league whereas the Panthers have the weekend off.

No. 20 Clemson — who got here in because the No. 1 crew within the ACC standings — misplaced to No. 23 Miami at house, dropping its document to 10-3 within the ACC. The Tigers personal the tiebreaker over Pitt this season, after beating the Panthers 75-74 again on Jan. 7.

No. 6 Virginia fell to Virginia Tech by a rating of 74-68, dropping to 17-4 general and 9-3 in convention play.

Pitt at present sits at 9-3 in convention play, with one win over Virginia and a loss to Clemson on the yr. As a result of Clemson has the week off (subsequent recreation: Saturday Feb. 11), Pitt has an opportunity to tie for one of the best document within the convention with a win over Louisville on Tuesday. *Clemson owns the tiebreaker because it beat Pitt earlier within the season. The 2 won’t meet once more, until it’s within the ACC Match.

Pitt has by no means received the ACC common season title since becoming a member of the convention in 2013.

Pitt and Louisville will face off at 6 p.m. est on Tuesday. The sport shall be televised on ACC Community.



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Duquesne’s Keith Dambrot Approaching 500-Win Milestone in Teaching Profession

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Duquesne head coach Keith Dambrot is on the verge of reaching an enormous school basketball teaching milestone, however he has not given a single thought to it simply but.

The Akron native has gained 498 video games in his school basketball head teaching profession that started again in 1984 when he took over the Tiffin College basketball program.

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“After I retire, I’ll give it some thought,” Dambrot instructed Pittsburgh Sports activities Now on Thursday. “All that claims is, I’ve coached a very long time, a variety of years.”

Dambrot has served as head coach at Tiffin (1984-86), Ashland College (1989-91), Central Michigan (1991-93), Akron (2004-17), and now Duquesne (2017-present) in his profession. He has led his groups to 16 20-win seasons, together with a dominant run at Akron from 2005-2017 through which his Zips groups had 20+ wins each single 12 months.

Dambrot was employed by Duquesne in March of 2017, and has since garnered an 85-79 file whereas main the Dukes. His greatest season to this point got here in 2019-20, through which the Dukes went 21-9 behind Marcus Weathers, Honest Carry, and others.

This 12 months, he at present has the Dukes sitting at 14-8 on the season and 4-5 in Atlantic 10 play. Shedding three of their final 4, the Dukes have an opportunity to show issues round towards George Washington this upcoming Saturday, Feb. 4.

“It’s all simply psychological outlook,” Dambrot mentioned concerning the keys to ending the season sturdy. “Ensuring that we perceive the significance of each day. I feel everyone goes via the grind in late January, February, so, whoever decides to embrace the grind goes to be the successful groups, and the groups that enhance from now till the postseason.”

The Dukes will tip off from Washington D.C. at 2 p.m. est on Saturday, Feb. 4 trying to get again within the win column. That recreation might be discovered on ESPN+.



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New Fortress Downs Pittsburgh Central Catholic 68-53 To Declare Part 1-6A Title

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PITTSBURGH —  In Isaiah Boice’s return to New Fortress’s beginning line-up, one other acquainted face – senior Da’Jaun Younger – stole the present within the 68-53 title-clinching victory over the Central Catholic Vikings on Tuesday night time.

In a back-and-forth first quarter, the Hurricanes’ guards – Boice and Jonathon Anderson – scored 10 of the Hurricanes’ 14 factors. The Vikings’ forwards, Debaba Tshiebwe and Cole Sullivan mixed for 10 factors of their very own however finally trailed 14-12 after one quarter.

The second quarter is when the sport immediately become a “battle of the massive man.” Hurricanes’ middle, 6-foot-2 Da’Jaun Younger helped construct a lead for New Fortress, scoring 10 factors within the quarter. The Vikings solely managed 10 second-quarter factors as a group.

On the half, the Hurricanes led 30-22. Each Younger and Tshiebwe led their groups in scoring within the first half with 12 factors every.

The depth of the gang started to circulate into the sport because the gamers started to chirp each other and the tempo of play elevated. The scholars started to chant “You’ll be able to’t do this,” when a foul was referred to as in opposition to a Hurricane participant and “He’s too small,” for each Tshiebwe bucket.

Younger and Tshiebwe’s battle waged on as they continued to match one another’s scoring manufacturing, scoring 6 factors every within the third quarter.

Trailing by 8 factors, Central Catholic opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run, 5 of which got here from the junior Sullivan. This made it a one-possession recreation for the primary time for the reason that second quarter.

Following the 6-0 run by the Vikings, Anderson answered with two fast buckets of his personal.

Central Catholic tried to remain inside placing distance however the robust fourth quarter by Anderson and the stellar offensive efficiency by Younger proved to be an excessive amount of for the Vikings to deal with.

“Da’Jaun has been enjoying nice basketball all yr. Simply retains getting higher and higher because the yr has gone on,” stated coach Blundo. “He performed nice tonight. He completed across the rim. For those who have a look at that run within the first half, it was Da’Jaun that acquired us going with an and-one and one other end.”

Central Catholic’s Sullivan scored 15 factors and recorded eight rebounds within the dropping effort. The 6-foot-7 Debaba Tshiebwe, who’s the youthful brother of Kentucky star Oscar Tshiebwe, completed with a team-high 21 factors and 17 rebounds for the Vikings.

“He’s a superb participant. I battled till the top. I do know what I can do if I’ve the vitality. I do know I’m a little bit smaller, and he’s a little bit larger however that [did not] cease me,” stated Younger to PSN about his counterpart Tshiebwe.

Younger completed with a game-high 22 factors for the Hurricanes. Boice and Anderson had spectacular nights, scoring 18 factors every. Anderson scored 10 factors within the fourth quarter.

With the win, New Fortress clinched the Part 1-6A title in its first yr within the classification. A powerful feat, however one that’s anticipated by a Ralph Blundo-led squad. That is Blundo’s tenth part title as a head coach.

“We will at all times preserve that rhythm going. At all times, season after season. I really like Coach [Blundo] and we’re right here for him and like to win for him,” stated Younger.

The Hurricanes end regular-season play subsequent week after which will probably be a top-seed within the WPIAL playoffs that start on Feb. 13, 2023.

“Senior yr, final moments, final go round, I really feel like we are able to go all the best way,” stated Younger.



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