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Terrell Brown becoming frontcourt force for Pitt

Brown has averaged 9.0 points, 5.5 blocks and 6.8 rebounds in Pitt’s last four games

NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at N.C. State Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Pitt center Terrell Brown has taken his game to a new level over the past few weeks, as he has scored in double figures in four of his last six games, blocked four or more shots in each of his last four games and grabbed eight or more rebounds in two of his last three games.

The improvement of the Panthers big was on full display once again in the team’s hard-fought 86-80 loss to NC State on Saturday, as he compiled 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in the conference matchup.

Brown’s emergence has been long-awaited, as he struggled to fulfill his potential as a freshman. In his first season at Pitt, he was less of a defensive force, recording just three games with four or more blocks. And on offense, he was far less consistent, as he scored in double figures just four times.

For Pitt, the development couldn’t have come at a more ideal time, as the team’s ACC schedule began on Jan. 5 and Brown’s rise has coincided with the rising intensity of the competition. It has also come amid the coaching staff’s recruitment of additional frontcourt talent, perhaps with Brown hoping to prove he deserves a prominent role on the team in the coming years.

Whatever the case may be, Brown has averaged 9.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in Pitt’s last four games and looks like the team’s most improved player from last year’s roster. And with the Panthers looking to rebuild their reputation in Jeff Capel’s first year, he’ll need to maintain that level of play as the team delves deeper into its conference slate.