PITTSBURGH -- The University of Pittsburgh men's basketball team has added JUCO guard Jonathan Milligan for the 2015-16 season head coach Jamie Dixon announced Tuesday.
"We are fortunate to be able to add a guard of Jonathan's caliber at this point in the year," said Dixon. "He is a promising combo guard who received a lot of high major interest out of high school and while he was at Kilgore College. He has the ability to score from a variety of spots on the floor and break down defense by getting into the lane. He also has the quickness and instincts to be an outstanding defender in our program.
It looks like whatever academic questions Florida Gulf Coast had Pitt was able get an answer for. Milligan averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last season for Kilgore College, and his scoring bumped to 17.5 points per game in conference play. He also shot around 40% from 3, and almost 80% from the free throw line. Milligan originally went to high school in Arizona, and had interest from Tennessee, Creighton, Marquette and NC State.
Jamie Dixon deserves credit for making a pretty good addition this late in the game. He knew he needed another point guard so he went out and got one. The Pitt team this year will certainly be a little bit different compared to most of Dixon's throughout his time at Pitt.
#Pitt is slowly becoming a reservoir of other school's players. Five of six incoming players this season are transfers.— Paul Zeise (@PaulZeise) September 1, 2015
The really big question is if Dixon can get all these new additions to gel with the returning core of the team, and if that combination is a successful one. There are a ton of questions about this team, and I think it's fair to say fans are down on the program right now. It'll be interesting to see if Dixon can reel them back in.