Pittsburgh Preview Capsule
Last season: 16-17, first losing season since 1999-2000
Coach: Kevin Stallings
Who’s gone: F Michael Young, G/F Jamel Artis, G Cam Johnson, F Sheldon Jeter, G Chris Jones, C Rozelle Nix, G Jonathan Milligan, G Justice Kithcart, G Damon Wilson, F Corey Manigault.
Who’s back: F Ryan Luther averaged 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds last season; G Jonathan Milligan.
Who’s new: Everybody else. G/F Jared Wilson-Frame averaged 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists for Northwest Florida State last season. G Marcus Carr averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists for Montverde Academy (Florida) as a senior. F/C Terrell Brown averaged 16.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks at Tilton School (N.H.). G/F Shamiel Stevenson, Canadian native averaged 14.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 blocks for Hillcrest Prep (Arizona).
The Skinny: Stallings basically blew up the program following a bumpy first season that saw the Panthers miss out on postseason play for the first time since 2000. Pitt’s ability to compete this season is going to depend heavily on the reconstructed roster coming together quickly. Expectations are low. Pitt was picked to finish last in the conference, meaning any upward movement would be considered a success for a team that was an NCAA Tournament staple under Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon.