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Sights and Sounds From Pitt’s Second Spring Apply



PITTSBURGH — Francis Brewu formally introduced his dedication within the midst of Pitt’s second spring apply of the season, proper as defensive position coach Charlie Partridge was working his unit by drills.

It comes two days after Pitt kicked off spring ball, and two days since Pitt knocked off Mississippi State within the NCAA Event, advancing to play Iowa State Friday, so it’s been an eventful — and really fruitful — few days for Pitt athletics.

With apply as soon as once more indoors Thursday on the UPMC Rooney Sports activities Advanced, Pitt’s preparation for the Blue-Gold Spring Recreation on April 15, which is sort of precisely two months away now, continued to warmth up.

It’s powerful to place an excessive amount of inventory into drills which might be open to the media, contemplating they’re designed to withhold as a lot as attainable, nevertheless it’s all the time good to get a have a look at offseason development — and to observe the quarterbacks throw.

We obtained to see a bit of little bit of Phil Jurkovec, Christian Veilleux and Nate Yarnell Thursday, working the route tree with the working backs, broad receivers and tight ends.

It wasn’t the crispest displaying from both Jurkovec or Veilleux, with each overshooting their targets on fade routes. Jurkovec did a greater job main his receivers, even when his ball might have been only a contact out of attain from time to time. However actually, Yarnell seemed the very best in hitting the deep pictures. He throws an actual good, arcing ball.

There can be much more throwing this spring, so it should undoubtedly be very attention-grabbing to proceed following the development of Jurkovec and Veilleux within the system.

One other space with vital turnover is Partridge’s defensive position, and I’ll be persevering with to observe guys like Nahki Johnson, Elliot Donald, Sean FitzSimmons, Jimmy Scott and Sam Okunlola. There’s an terrible of younger expertise to work with right here, and I feel it’s a matter of sooner fairly than later in terms of their on-field contributions.

I wouldn’t be shocked to see Johnson actually take the following step this season. He’s lengthy and powerful, weighing in round 260 kilos now, and you’ll inform he’s actually purchased into the system.

Erick Hallett was again on the South Facet Thursday, too, watching a little bit of apply. His outdated spot is up for grabs, and P.J. O’Brien is somebody who’s seeking to compete for it, with the likes Donovan McMillon and Javon McIntyre. McMillon, particularly, could be very well-built, listed at 6-foot-2, 210 kilos. I feel he’s the chief within the clubhouse to take over for Hallett.

There have been a couple of precedence recruits on the South Facet Thursday, together with four-star edge Brian Robinson (Youngstown, Ohio) and three-star offensive lineman Adham Abouraya (Exton, Pennsylvania). Each have been on the town for Pitt’s Junior Day again in January, too.


Duquesne Contacts St. Francis Switch Guard Landon Moore and Pitt Switch John Hugley



The Duquesne Dukes are doing their due diligence in purchasing by means of the switch portal.

A supply tells Pittsburgh Sports activities Now that the Duquesne teaching workers have reached out to no less than 50 gamers which have entered the switch portal this week. Keith Dambrot’s considering with this possible is that he feels they should cowl all of the bases, with some gamers clearly being extra life like than others.

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Earlier at the moment, we advised you in regards to the Dukes contacting Pepperdine guard Mike Mitchell, Jr. and now we’ve a pair extra names for you.

The primary title is somebody that Duquesne followers are possible conversant in.

Though this one in all probability falls underneath the not going due to the NIL compensation required to have a shot, Duquesne is one in every of many groups to achieve out to Pitt switch heart John Hugley. The Cleveland, Ohio native introduced his resolution to go away Pitt on Tuesday. Hugley hasn’t performed a lot of the season as a result of off the courtroom points.

Not surprisingly, Hugley has been a well-liked participant as Joe Tipton stories that he’s obtained early curiosity from Michigan, Oregon, Miami, Rutgers, Xavier, Arkansas, LSU, Cincinnati, Iowa State, West Virginia, Maryland, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Wisconsin, Butler, Dayton, Ohio, Arizona State, Georgia, Oakland and Cleveland State.

PSN has additionally realized that Duquesne has reached out to St. Francis (PA) switch guard Landon Moore.

The 6’3″, 200-pound freshman guard averaged 13.1 factors, 2.8 rebounds and three.6 assists in 30.7 minutes per recreation. Moore performed in solely 19 video games after breaking his hand 4 video games into the convention season for St. Francis. Moore was in a position to return for the NEC convention match.

Duquesne will probably be searching for a guard within the portal to exchange Tevin Brewer.


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Blake Hinson Not Targeted on Former Group in Preparation For Spherical of 64



GREENSBORO, N.C. – Blake Hinson meets his former staff within the Iowa Cyclones Friday within the First Spherical of the 2023 NCAA Event, however he isn’t putting any of his consideration on the previous. 

“I’m simply able to play my subsequent sport in March Insanity, and I’m centered on profitable,” Hinson mentioned. 

Hinson started his school profession at Ole Miss for 2 seasons earlier than transferring to Iowa State. He didn’t take part in the course of the 2020-21 season on account of a non-Covid-19 associated medical situation and left the staff previous to the 2021-22 marketing campaign, lacking two seasons earlier than touchdown at Pitt.

The junior guard mentioned he had no response when he noticed Iowa State could be the opponent if Pitt superior previous the First 4 and “would slightly not say” the reasoning behind leaving this system. 

“I adore it right here,” Hinson mentioned. “That is my favourite location I’ve ever been. H2P.”

Iowa State head coach T.J. Otzelberger believes each ISU and Hinson have moved previous the matter and see each side discovering success.

“Blake is a terrific younger man, and he signed as much as play for the coach previous to us,” Otzelberger mentioned. “I feel it’s one thing the place he felt prefer it wasn’t one of the best match for him, and I feel each side have carried out proper with it.”

It’s neat to see Blake proceed to play properly and elevate his sport, and on the identical time, you realize, we’re happy with the place we’re at with our program.

“It’s a kind of conditions the place I feel everyone needs to make one thing out of it, and on the finish there’s a younger man who’s enjoying very well on an NCAA event staff, after which it’s our group that’s enjoying properly additionally. So, everyone got here out okay in that scenario.”

Pittsburgh Panthers ahead Blake Hinson (2) January 3, 2023 David Hague/PSN

Otzelberger harped on an analogous subject numerous coaches addressed earlier than dealing with Pitt this season, the problem of dealing with a veteran presence all through the roster. 

“Yeah, they’re a very good basketball staff, they usually’re enjoying properly. They’ve continued to raise their play later within the season,” Otzelberger mentioned. “They’re a staff that with these veteran gamers, you possibly can see that have come out, particularly later in video games. They’ve been lucky to win some shut ones due to it. So only a actually skilled group that’s enjoying for each other and a number of respect for them and their program.”

Jeff Capel mentioned he has not addressed Hinson concerning the Cyclones and is targeted on the duty at hand. 

“If you end up within the midst of it and you might be nonetheless going, you give attention to the following factor that’s in entrance of you. , one of many issues I’ve talked about is correct now we have now to take away all of the rearview mirrors,” Capel mentioned. “We’re simply wanting straight out the entrance and what’s forward of us. Once we’re completed, and hopefully it’s some time earlier than we’re completed, then we’ll have time to look behind us and actually, you realize, discuss what we’ve achieved.”

He isn’t attempting to individualize the matchup and garner consideration away from what issues most.

“For us, it’s Pitt towards Iowa State. It’s not Blake towards Iowa State or Iowa State towards Blake,” Capel mentioned. “They’ve an impressive staff.”

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Duquesne Basketball Reaches Out To Pepperdine Switch Mike Mitchell, Jr.



The Duquesne Dukes have reached out to Pepperdine guard Mike Mitchell Jr., who not too long ago entered his title within the NCAA Switch Portal.

Mitchell is a 6’2, 185-pound guard from San Jose, California and he’ll have 2 seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.

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Final season for Pepperdine, Mitchell performed in 31 video games and averaged 11.4 factors, 5.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds, whereas taking part in 33 minutes per sport. As a freshman, he put up related numbers, averaging 9.1 factors, 4.9 assists and three.9 rebounds per sport. In two seasons at Pepperdine, Mitchell was a forty five% shooter from the sector and a 42% shooter from past the 3-point arc.

Duquesne can be taking a look at Michell as a substitute for Tevin Brewer of their beginning lineup.

Contemplating he’s from California, it will seem that Duquesne must do numerous work and be aggressive with NIL alternatives for Mitchell, however PSN has realized that the Duquesne employees has a great relationship with Mitchell’s AAU coaches, in order that could possibly be a think about Duquesne’s favor.

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