Pitt came up winners in both games this past week and there was more than one player to consider as three Panthers stood out. In the end, I went with the senior Cameron Wright as our Panther of the Week. Wright's play propelled Pitt to a 2-0 week to bring the hoop squad to a 13-5 record and 3-2 in the ACC Conference. Wright edged out two great performances by Jamel Artis and big man Michael Young as well. Artis and Young stepped up their game this past week with double digit points in both games and full stat lines.
Wright gets the nod thanks to a Lamar Patterson like stat line in both games, where almost every category was filled. The Cleveland native got the week off to a good start in Pitt's victory over Florida State to give Jamie Dixon his 300th career victory. In the win over the Seminoles, Wright finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Pitt would need an even better performance against Georgia Tech yesterday to secure a win and Wright delivered like a senior should with 20 points, two rebounds, two assists, four steals, and one block.
With Pitt's past week looking to gain Dixon his milestone win and then yesterday, trying to provide exciting entertainment to the football team's first big recruiting weekend under Pat Narduzzi, the best players brought their game to a new level. As a result of Artis, Young, and most importantly Wright's efforts, the Panthers will go into a four-game stretch that will decide whether they are in or out with games against three ranked teams within the next four. Those three will look to lead the way. Hopefully we are writing a similar Panther of the Week post next weekend as well.