Pitt Guard Nike Sibande Wins ACC Sixth Man of the Yr
Pitt guard Nike Sibande has been named the ACC Sixth Man of the Yr for his efficiency off the bench for the Panthers this yr.
Sibande got here off the bench in all however two video games, averaging 8.3 factors and three.9 rebounds on the yr. The Indianapolis native has scored in double digits 15 occasions this season, together with latest performances of 19 and 16 factors towards Notre Dame and No. 16 Miami, respectively.
Sibande began on Senior Evening final week, and Blake Hinson praised the veteran for his skill to return off the bench.
“What Nike does and has been doing for this program is likely one of the most unselfish issues I’ve ever skilled first hand,” mentioned Hinson. “Reality of the matter is, he would begin on most groups within the nation in my view. He’s keen to just accept the position of not doing that for our staff for the betterment of this staff, and that simply embodies what this staff is about and what he’s about. He completely deserves it man, that’s simply what it’s. He would begin in all places else. Coach simply did an excellent job of assembling expertise, and that’s what his position is for us, in order that’s what he deserves, that’s what he will get.”
Sibande started his profession at Miami (OH), the place he spent three seasons and averaged not less than 13 factors per recreation in every season. He scored over 1,400 factors in his Redhawk profession, and transferred to Pitt earlier than the 2020-21 season. That yr, he missed a number of video games as a consequence of his switch waiver not being accepted till mid-way by way of the season. After he returned, he posted averages of 6.9 factors and three rebounds per recreation. Sibande missed final season totally as a consequence of a torn ACL suffered in a preseason exhibition.
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.”
6’7 #Pitt and All #ACC junior Blake Hinson confirmed that he is a straight up gamer as soon as dwell motion began at @impactbball professional day. The properly constructed ahead shot the ball properly from NBA 3PT vary and was excellent hitting cutters from perimeter. Nonetheless holds school eligibility.#H2P pic.twitter.com/loDV7O9bbx
— Rodger Bohn (@rodgerbohn) Could 22, 2023
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.
2024 3-Star OL Mason Lindsay Constructing Good Relationship With Pitt
As Marcus Minor entered the NFL Draft final month, Mason Lindsay took discover. He didn’t maintain a suggestion from Pitt then, however he knew the place Minor had performed the previous couple of seasons.
It took a couple of month, however Lindsay — a 6-foot-7, 300-pound three-star offensive lineman from DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland — lastly picked up a suggestion from Andre Powell and Pitt this week.
“My relationship with Pitt has been fairly good,” Lindsay instructed PSN. “I speak to teach Andre Powell essentially the most.”
Blessed to obtain a suggestion from The College of Pittsburgh #AGTG @tanksdaman2 @RivalsFriedman @CoachMcGregor @DMCoachbrown6 pic.twitter.com/5VtkMiYFEg
— Mason lindsay (@MasonLindsay19) Might 22, 2023
Lindsay has picked up presents from Boston School, Charlotte, Maine, Maryland, Pitt, USF, Virginia Tech and West Virginia all through his recruiting course of, and as his course of heats up, he might want to decide the place he matches greatest.
He hasn’t been to Pittsburgh but, however he’s fairly aware of Pitt. He watched Minor signal a minicamp take care of the Baltimore Ravens final month, however he’s additionally been capable of watch Pitt play through the years. He’s felt a very good vibe from Pitt, seeing his aggressive but conservative model of play mesh properly with what he’s seen.
And as a junior at DeMatha final season, serving as a flexible piece throughout the offensive line, lining up inside and outdoors, Lindsay used his pace and energy to overwhelm opponents. It’s his skill to maul opponents that has attracted main school curiosity.
“I like to attend to see what my opponent goes to throw at me earlier than making a transfer, however after I make it, it’s going to be laborious and robust,” Lindsay stated.
The key recruiting providers haven’t rated Lindsay but, however he does maintain a 5.5 Rivals Ranking. And if he’s capable of put collectively a robust summer time, he ought to solely rise on all three recruiting providers going ahead.
Lindsay hasn’t been very vocal about the place he’s visited to this point this spring, however he stated that he plans to take a go to to Pittsburgh very quickly.
Pitt has landed commitments from three-star offensive linemen Adham Abouraya and Jiavani Cooley, each from Pennsylvania, this cycle, and there will definitely be one other lineman or two added to the category.
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