When you are struggling the way the Pitt Panthers are, picking a Panther of the Week becomes a tough chore when the team has multiple games. The Panthers split their two games this past week with a tight one point victory at Boston College and then a disappointing loss to the Clemson Tigers by nine at home.
Just like Pitt, very few players gave solid performances in both games. There was Michael Young, but the Tigers dominated Pitt on the boards making me think twice about selecting him. Sheldon Jeter is really starting to make strides and could make a case down the road, but his game against Clemson was less than thrilling. This week we went with Cameron Wright.
Wright did not fascinate fans in Pitt's first game of the week against Boston College, but was limited to only 19 minutes in the game. He finished with only four points, three rebounds, and one steal. That's not a great line, but the limited action probably kept his numbers down a little bit. He rebounded well in the loss to Clemson on Saturday though and was by far the best Panther of the floor. The senior finished with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. His numbers were much better on Saturday and that could be in part to being on the floor for 36 minutes.
Wright's senior season is not going according to plan and that was evident from the start when he was forced to sit out the first several games of the year with an injury. This was not ideal for Wright and also not perfect for the Panthers, who are hurting for experience. We may see a game or two where he has limited playing time as he still recovers fully and gets his game legs under him. But as he showed over the weekend, if the minutes are there, he can put up the numbers.