On Monday, the ACC announced that Pitt forward Justin Champagnie had earned ACC Player of the Week honors, days after he delivered two of the most memorable performances in Pitt history.
Justin Champagnie is our Player of the Week!@JusChampagnie delivered one of the most impressive 2-game stretches in recent ACC history averaging 22 ppg, 20.5 rpg & 2.5 apg 🔥@Pitt_MBB | #ACCMBB pic.twitter.com/at0I0cTxo7
— ACC Men's Basketball (@accmbb) December 14, 2020
The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 22 points, 20.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game as the Panthers went 2-0 with victories over Northwestern and Gardner Webb.
Against Northwestern, Champagnie sealed a huge comeback for the Panthers with a loud two-handed slam with less than ten seconds to play. He finished that game with 20 points and 20 rebounds, which at the time was a career high in boards for the Brooklyn native.
Champagnie became one of three players to deliver back-to-back 20-20 games in the last 25 years, alongside former Purdue star Caleb Swanigan and former Oklahoma standout Blake Griffin.
With Pitt starting ACC play this week at Miami, Champagnie looks to continue his hot start to the season. In last season’s matchup against the Hurricanes, he played 37 minutes and finished with nine points and nine rebounds on 3-for-9 shooting.
Champagnie is the first Pitt player to win the award since Mike Young in 2016.