Israel Abanikanda Not Working at NFL Mix, Ready Till Professional Day
INDIANAPOLIS — Pitt is not going to have the possibility for claiming the velocity crown in three separate positions this week.
Israel Abanikanda, who was anticipated to be among the many quickest operating backs — and general gamers — on the NFL Mix, is not going to take part in on-field drills till Pitt’s Professional Day.
“I’m going to be taking part on the Professional Day as a substitute of the Mix,” Abanikanda stated Saturday on the NFL Mix. “I had a bit of, minor hamstring harm Feb. 10 throughout my coaching, so me and my coach and my agent talked about, and we stated I’d quite be higher ready for everyone to see what I can do on Professional Day.”
Abanikanda, who was one of many premier breakaway threats in school soccer through the 2022 season, pointed to his ‘dwelling run’ capability as maybe his biggest power, and he’s assured in his capability to impress on Professional Day.
“That point goes to be actual quick, belief me,” Abanikanda stated.
Calijah Kancey kicked off the 40-yard sprint celebration with a lightning-fast 4.67 on Thursday, breaking Aaron Donald’s defensive lineman document and pacing the group in Indianapolis this yr.
Brandon Hill adopted up with an awesome 4.43 40 Friday, main the best way for all safeties in Indy.
Abanikanda completed fourth in all-purpose yards (1,805 yards) and second in all-purpose yards per recreation (164 yards) in school soccer final season, and he led the nation in whole touchdowns (21).
He rushed for 1,431 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2022, averaging six yards per try, and he added 146 receiving yards and 228 kickoff return yards. It’s not unfair to say he saved Pitt’s offense afloat throughout a generally lackluster general displaying in 2022.
In his Pitt profession, Abanikanda rushed for two,177 yards and 28 touchdowns on 390 carries, racked up 354 yards and three touchdowns on 38 receptions and returned 19 kickoffs for 434 yards and a landing.
Abanikanda’s junior season ranks because the eighth-best single-season effort in Pitt historical past, and his 320 yards and 6 touchdowns towards Virginia Tech broke and tied, respectively, single-game information.
Former Pitt Guard Nelly Cummings to Work Out for Charlotte Hornets on Monday
Former Pitt guard Nelly Cummings has signed with an agent and is at present working to proceed his basketball profession professionally.
Cummings informed Pittsburgh Sports activities Now that he’ll compete in a pre-draft exercise for the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, Might 23. The 6-foot guard out of Midland, PA, starred for Pitt this yr in his lone yr enjoying school ball in Pittsburgh.
In 36 video games, Cummings performed over 32 minutes per recreation, scoring 11.1 factors, doling out 4.8 assists, and grabbing 2.6 rebounds per recreation. The Colgate switch shot 36% from three-point vary, immediately turning into a invaluable piece of Pitt’s first NCAA Event Workforce since 2016.
Cummings scored 15 factors in Pitt’s First 4 NCAA Event recreation in opposition to Mississippi State, and adopted that efficiency up with 13 in opposition to Iowa State in Pitt’s Spherical of 64 win. He completed his season with 9 factors in opposition to Xavier.
Since his time at Pitt, Cummings competed within the NTX Mix, a pre-draft exercise in Texas. He’s represented by NBA agent Lin Huynh of JCK Sports activities Group.
Pitt Locations in Prime 10 for Class of 2024 DB Cornell Allen II
Pitt positioned within the high ten colleges for Class of 2024 defensive again Cornell Allen II on Friday, as he posted his listing on Twitter.
TOP 10🙏, THANK YOU LORD
My Recruitment Is Nonetheless 100% Open @WaliRainer @JoeMento @TimoneBrown @mdotbell_ @ballcoach98 pic.twitter.com/fO87nd5oDk
— Cornell Allen II “nel” (@Corn6ll) Could 19, 2023
Allen performs security for Trinity Episcopal College in Richmond, Va. the place he helped lead his group to an ideal 11-0 report and their second straight VISAA state title. He additionally performed a big function in a protection that solely allowed 96 whole factors the whole season, a median of 8.7 factors per recreation, together with two shutouts to finish 2022.
247Sports ranks him as a three-star, the No. 39 participant in Virginia and the No. 120 security in his class.
He positioned, together with Pitt, Huge 12 colleges in UCF, Cincinnati and Kansas, Indiana, Arizona State, Missouri, Charlotte, UConn and Jap Michigan in his high 10.
Pitt at present has 11 gamers dedicated of their Class of 2024, however none from Virginia. 4-star linebacker Jordan Bass, who performed for Phoebus Excessive College in Hampton, Va. and is highest rated participant in Pitt’s Class of 2023, is the one commit from Virginia.
There are two Panthers who hail from Virginia in junior operating again Rodney Hammond, who performed for Booker T. Washington Excessive College in Norfolk and redshirt first-year offensive lineman Isaiah Montgomery, who performed for Landstown Excessive College in Virginia Seashore.
Pitt has 12 gamers on the 2023 roster which are defensive backs who’ve eligibility for the 2024 season. This additionally consists of incoming first-year gamers in Cruce Brookins, who performed for native Metal Valley Excessive College in Munhall, Pa., in addition to Shadarian Harrison, who performed for Lakeland Excessive College in Lakeland, Fla.
ACC Information and Notes: Joe Girard Withdraws from NBA Draft, Nijel Pack Again to Miami, Daquan Davis, Baye Ndongo to Georgia Tech
PITTSBURGH – Joe Girard, Nijel Pack, Daquan Davis, and Bay Ndongo symbolize the firepower both becoming a member of, altering groups, or returning to the ACC for the 2023-24 season.
Syracuse Guard Joe Girard Takes Title Out of NBA Draft
A number of weeks after transferring to Clemson, former Syracuse guard Joe Girard III has taken his title out of consideration for the 2023 NBA Draft. Girard beforehand introduced that he’s heading south to Clemson for his last yr of eligibility however did make clear his stance on the draft. Girard is likely one of the greatest sharpshooters in basketball and shot 40% from the ground and 38% behind the arc final season. He knocked down triples at a 40% clip in his junior yr. Girard averaged a career-best 16.4 factors and hovered round three rebounds per look all 4 years.
Clemson, Let’s Do This Factor! #BeDifferent 💜🧡🐅 pic.twitter.com/mc9XHOvc51
— Joseph Girard III (@JG3_____) Might 7, 2023
Girard departed Syracuse after Jim Boeheim retired as head basketball coach following 47 seasons. Clemson missed the NCAA Match regardless of a 23-11 total and 14-6 convention file. He’s been a thorn within the facet of opposing ACC groups as a big scoring menace.
Class of 2024 Recruit Daquan Davis Choosing Between 4 Groups
One of many prime 150 gamers within the Class of 2024 may very well be becoming a member of the ACC. Daquan Davis will choose both Mississippi State, Maryland, Windfall, or Notre Dame. In keeping with Joe Tipton and On3, Davis is a three-star level guard from Washington, D.C., and the No. 123 total prospect. Micah Shrewsberry took over as head coach of the Combating Irish after guiding Penn State to the NCAA Match for the primary time since 2011.
2024 Prime-150 level guard Daquan Davis tells me he’s right down to 4 faculties.
He has scheduled three official visits and breaks down every program: https://t.co/CmOiOHqnjr pic.twitter.com/2cA4lsvJO6
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) Might 19, 2023
Ahead Baye Ndongo Commits to Georgia Tech
Former Rutgers recruit Baye Ndongo has dedicated to Georgia Tech. Ndongo instructed Tipton his determination to affix the Yellow Jackets. The Class of 2023 energy ahead ranks No. 120 total by Rivals.com. The 6-foot-8, three-star prospect from Putnam, Connecticut, additionally acquired curiosity from Nebraska, Colorado, and Arizona State.
Deliver your recreation, not your title. 😤 DJ Dormu to Baye Ndongo. @NYCITYFINEST was unstoppable this weekend at I.S.8 @IamDjdormu x @BayeAbdouNdong1 pic.twitter.com/oIQQUJGEvs
— RealScoutBasketball (@RealScoutBBall) Might 9, 2023
Nijel Pack Withdraws From NBA Draft, Again to Miami
A crucial member of Miami’s 2023 Last 4 workforce is returning to the Hurricanes. Nijel Pack has withdrawn his title from the NBA Draft and can return to Miami subsequent season. Pack began all 35 video games he appeared in for the ‘Canes and averaged 13.6 factors, 2.7 rebounds, and recorded 34 steals throughout the 2022-23 marketing campaign. Pack shot 40% from three as a junior after two seasons at Kansas State. A significant offensive power wherever he’s performed, Pack averaged 14.6 factors per recreation in his first three collegiate seasons.
Nijel Pack is BACK.@NijelPack24 🙌 pic.twitter.com/WcasxdHJCi
— Canes Males’s Basketball (@CanesHoops) Might 19, 2023
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