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Blake Hinson returns to Panthers for another season

The smooth-shooting forward will look to improve on his magnificent 2nd team All-ACC performance last year.

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Well, this is fantastic news for Pitt fans. Hinson was a revelation in his first season in Oakland, leading Pitt in scoring, rebounding, and three pointers made. He scored in double figures in 30/36 games while topping 20 in nine contests. Rust was not an issue as Hinson scored 27 in his season debut against UT-Martin despite missing the past two seasons.

Hinson appears to have lost a little weight since the end of last season, which should increase his effectiveness. He’ll face an uphill battle for the 2024 NBA draft as he’ll turn 24 this December as not many 24 year olds are drafted nowadays. Chris Duarte was 24 and 16 days when he was taken 13th overall in 2021 so it can happen. Duarte was the Pac 12 POY and a 3rd team All American so Hinson will have to have that sort of national impact to hear his name called next June. As the unquestioned leader of next year’s Panthers, he’ll certainly have opportunities to impress.

In my opinion, scouts will be paying close attention to Hinson’s defense. He’s already shown that he has logo range, but you have to play d to stick in the league. If he can be elite from 3 again and scouts think he can be a competent NBA passer and defender, then he would be a great 3 and d fit somewhere.

Hail to Pitt.