Brackets are busting everywhere as the Final Four is decided tonight. What would it take for the Pittsburgh Panthers to enter that mix as soon as next season? Before we put the cart in front of the horse, however, it’s pretty clear that Pitt will need to take a big step forward both from an individual standpoint and as a team.
Xavier Johnson enjoyed a terrific freshman season. He set several records in the process, including the most consecutive double-digit scoring outings to start a season and all-time freshman scoring record for a season.
Trey McGowens flashed elite scoring potential, at least when it comes to attacking the basket, early in the season. He applied a ton of on-ball pressure and filled passing lanes better than any other Panther. If he can become more consistent on the offense end, especially off the dribble and with his off-ball movement he’ll be a bigger factor going forward.
Perhaps it will be Au’Diese Toney who surprises everyone in his sophomore campaign. It’s very likely that he’ll be about to play his natural position as a small forward and won’t need to mix it up underneath the basket as often. He must make major improvements in finishing around the basket and his three-point shooting, but the physical tools are certainly there for him.
Obviously, there will be a crop of newcomers that figure to be major pieces for Pitt in head coach Jeff Capel’s second recruiting class, and the first in which he isn’t trying to find gems at the end of the process. While the incumbent players may not have the same kind of upset as the talented freshman trio or the recruits, experience does matter. Perhaps Terrell Brown finally puts it together?
What are your thoughts? Who needs to take the biggest step forward as an individual for the Panthers to take another step forward as a team?
Who Needs to take the Biggest Step Forward?
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A new freshman or grad transfer
Terrell Brown or Kene Chukwuka