PITTSBURGH — Justin Champagnie has always been a good scorer.
But this season, he’s taken an extra step forward on the glass. The 6-foot-6 wing led the Panthers in rebounding during the 2019-20 season, but averaged just seven per game.
Through five games in 2020-21, Champagnie has averaged 13 rebounds per game and in the last two, he’s grabbed 20 and 21 as he recorded the first back-to-back 20/20 games in Pitt basketball history.
“I always had it in me to go get 20 rebounds,” Champagnie said. “I’d just get tired and get lazy. I got a problem, I get lazy sometimes. I speak to [assistant coach Tim O’Toole] a lot about it. He always tells me to just run a little bit harder, do certain things a little bit harder and those extra rebounds are coming. That’s what happened.”
Hear more from Champagnie, head coach Jeff Capel and forward Abdoul Karim Coulibaly after the Panthers improved to 4-1 with their win over Gardner-Webb.