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Derrick Davis’ Arrival Offers Pitt Even Extra Potential within the RB Room in 2023



Derrick Davis hasn’t actually ever had the prospect to be a full-time working again.

He performed each methods at Gateway and was recruited to LSU as a security. There was solely a quick interval to finish the 2022 season the place Brian Kelly let him run as a again.

The pattern dimension on the collegiate degree is restricted, simply 11 carries over two video games, however the capability is there. He led Gateway to success as a lead again. And now Pitt goes to see if Davis nonetheless has what it takes to run on the highest degree.

Pat Narduzzi’s pitch to Davis was quite simple: come be the subsequent Israel Abanikanda.

I don’t know if that can occur, and that thought course of will even lead into discussing the configuration of the working backs room subsequent season, however Davis will lastly have his likelihood to be a working again full-time. There’s a historical past of success there.

Davis was ultra-productive at Gateway, particularly throughout his junior season as he led the Tigers to a WPIAL Class-5A title. He ran for 1,507 yards, added 547 extra yards by the air and racked up 28 touchdowns on the way in which to Heinz Discipline.

He missed time as a senior, however he nonetheless racked up almost 1,000 yards and 11 scores.

In opposition to Purdue within the Citrus Bowl, he ran the ball six occasions for 29 yards — and he barreled his approach into the top zone for his first collegiate landing. At 6-foot, 205 kilos, he’s well-built and highly effective, however he’s additionally fast with the ball in his palms.

Davis needs to be an ideal complement to rising starter Rodney Hammond Jr. within the backfield as soon as the 2 begin working collectively.

“I consider so and consider (Rodney Hammond and I are) going to click on very well,” Davis instructed PSN at present. “I’m actually excited. Prepare.”

Hammond is the kind of working again with an almost unmatched twitch, in a position to reduce and leap his approach round defenders to select up additional yards. He flashed it typically in his alternatives to shine in 2022. And he’s the type of all-around again that ought to get away within the offense in 2023.

If Davis can present additional velocity and energy to Hammond’s shiftiness, the duo ought to be capable to function on a degree corresponding to 2022’s success.

The one query now that we all know for a reality the place Davis’ future lies is what the remainder of the room will seem like. Frank Cignetti Jr.’s offense will make the most of a number of backs. As of now C’Bo Flemister and Vincent Davis have but to announce their choice concerning subsequent season. And I’d guess Daniel Carter has a call to make, too.

Montravius Lloyd and T.J. Harvison are additionally arriving as true freshmen choices, however I believe the pair will seemingly spend a yr rising within the system. Pitt will need veteran choices to enhance its new duo.

Additionally at this level, I’d say it’s extra seemingly that Flemister returns than Davis. A Hammond-Davis-Flemister trio has potential, and Carter — if he chooses to return — is a giant short-yardage again.

Pitt’s working again room can have its palms full changing Abanikanda in 2023, however a trio of Hammond-Davis-Flemister can be greater than succesful coming into the brand new season.


Robert Morris Provides Evansville Switch Preston Phillips




Robert Morris males’s basketball made a splash to shut the week by including a brand new switch to the roster. Former Evansville ahead Preston Phillips introduced his dedication to the Colonials on Friday. 

An incoming junior, the 6-foot-8 Phillips began 5 of the 18 video games he appeared in for the Aces through the 2022-23 marketing campaign. In 19 minutes per recreation, Phillips averaged 4.3 factors, 3.6 rebounds and shot 54% from the ground on 28-of-54 capturing. 

He averaged extra minutes throughout his freshman 12 months (21.9) than 12 months two in this system and performed a extra precious function within the rotation. Phillips began 15 of 28 matchups however struggled to search out the underside of the basket. The Elkhart, Indiana, native made 26-of-62 makes an attempt from the ground (42%), a staggering 4-of-21 (19%) from three and struggled on the free-throw line (53.3%). In double the makes an attempt, Phillips steadily improved on the line, 18-of-31 (58%) by a slim margin.

In 46 video games (20 begins) spanning two years for Evansville, Phillips averaged 3.1 factors, 3.9 rebounds and totaled 47 assists, 35 steals and 22 blocks. He solely reached double-figure level totals twice throughout his profession within the Missouri Valley, occurring twice within the span of three video games in mid-February.

Evansville closed the 12 months 5-27 total and 1-19 in MVC play. The Colonials laid eyes on Phillips throughout their Nov. 24 matchup towards the Aces in Savannah, Georgia. Evansville shocked Robert Morris in a 54-53 victory, outscoring the Colonials 29-16 within the second half. Phillips began the competition and performed 21 minutes. He scored two factors on 1-of-2 capturing. 

Phillips was named the 2020 Basketball Participant of the 12 months in Elkhart County throughout his highschool days and in addition earned the Most Improved Participant award in 2019. He additionally earned All-Convention honors in tennis and performed baseball.

RMU signed former LSU guard Justice Williams earlier within the switch cycle, certainly one of, if not the highest recruit in program historical past. The Colonials closed the season 16-17 total and 10-10 in Horizon League play. 

Andy Toole’s group misplaced Enoch Cheeks and Michael Inexperienced III to the switch portal and Kahliel Spear graduated to go away important scoring alternatives within the Colonials’ lineup. This system will face Xavier in Cincinnati to start the 2023-24 marketing campaign.

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Blake Hinson’s Choice Coming Quickly Concerning NBA Draft, Return to Pitt




Pitt’s Blake Hinson is at present going by way of the NBA Draft course of, testing the waters and seeing what it takes to make it to the subsequent stage.

On April 21, Hinson introduced that he could be coming into the NBA Draft early entry course of whereas retaining his school eligibility, releasing the next assertion.

“I really like the sport of basketball and am consistently on the lookout for alternatives to measure myself towards high competitors,” Hinson mentioned. “By coming into the NBA early entry draft course of whereas retaining my eligibility to return to Pitt for my senior season, I can additional take a look at myself and obtain further suggestions that may finally assist make me a greater participant. I’m enthusiastic about this chance and grateful for the assist of Coach Capel and the Pitt basketball household.”

Hinson has one week left to make his resolution, because the Could 31 deadline to take away his identify from NBA Draft consideration is approaching.

Earlier than enjoying for Pitt this previous yr, Hinson spent two years with Ole Miss and in addition frolicked with the Iowa State program. After spending two seasons away from recreation motion, he jumped into a large position for the Panthers of their greatest season beneath Jeff Capel.

Hinson lately confirmed off his expertise on the Influence Basketball Professional Day, catching the attention of scouts.

“6’7 Pitt and All ACC junior Blake Hinson confirmed that he’s a straight up gamer as soon as dwell actin began at @ImpactBBall professional day,” SLAM Journal’s Rodger Bohn tweeted. “The properly constructed ahead shot the ball properly from NBA 3pt vary and was excellent hitting cutters from perimeter. Nonetheless holds school eligibility.”

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Assistant Quarterback Coach Jonathan DiBiaso No Longer With Pitt




A little bit of an eye fixed elevating personnel transfer on the Pitt soccer employees passed off over the past couple of days.

It seems as if offensive assistant and assistant quarterbacks coach Jonathan DiBiaso has been let go. No official announcement has been made by the Pitt program, however he’s now not listed on the group’s web site.

On Tuesday, DiBiaso’s twitter account was gone, a few hours later it reappeared and now it’s again down.

This information began to leak yesterday and over the past 24 hours, the one info that Pittsburgh Sports activities Now has solely been in a position to acquire from sources was that DiBiaso is now not with Pitt. PSN reached out to DiBiaso himself however no particulars for his dismissal/departure had been supplied.

Usually this wouldn’t be that massive of a deal however over the past yr since arriving with offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr., DiBiaso has been wonderful recruiter for the Panthers and due to his ties to the world, has opened up recruiting within the Massachusetts/Connecticut space for Pitt. DiBiaso seemed to be a rising recruiting star on the Panthers employees.

PSN will proceed to work on this story, and we’ll solely report on confirmed info and gained’t report on rumors.

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