Pitt star Justin Champagnie wrapped up his sophomore season on Tuesday, logging his 14th double-double and posting his 20th consecutive double-figure point total in Pitt’s 79-73 loss to Miami. And on Wednesday morning, Dick Vitale honored him with a place on the ESPN All-America second team.
Joining Champagnie on the second team were Baylor point guard Jared Butler, Indiana power forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, Villanova point guard Collin Gillespie and Gonzaga center Drew Timme. Back in January, Champagnie and Butler were both named to ESPN’s midseason All-America first team, but they were unable to finish with first-team status.
The first team included three midseason first-team picks in Iowa center Luka Garza, Illinois point guard Ayo Dosunmu and Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs. They were joined by Butler and Champagnie's replacements, Oklahoma State point guard Cade Cunningham and Gonzaga small forward Corey Kispert.
In his second season at Pitt, the Brooklyn native averaged 18.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game and contributed 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per contest on the defensive end. In addition to averaging a double-double from Dec. 9 onward, Champagnie also finished as the ACC leader in rebounds, while ranking second in scoring to Duke power forward Matthew Hurt, who averaged 18.2 points.
In addition to All-America honors, the Pitt sophomore earned a spot on the All-ACC first team and came in second in ACC Player of the Year voting. As a result of his strong showing this season and the accolades he has collected, Champagnie is expected to give consideration to entering the NBA draft this offseason. But with that said, a return to Pitt is not out of the question at this point.