Prior to suffering a knee injury, Pitt sophomore wing Justin Champagnie was arguably playing some of the best basketball of his college career.
In his first six games, Champagnie was averaging 17.8 points and 12.3 rebounds per game while shooting close to fifty-percent (48.9%) from the field. Champagnie made Pitt basketball history when he became the first player to record 20 points and 20 rebounds in consecutive games.
The start of the 2020 season combined with what Champagnie showed last season has apparently caught the eye of NBA executives.
The sophomore from New York is listed in one of ESPN’s initial mock drafts for the 2022 NBA Draft.
In this latest Mock Draft, ESPN is projecting Champagnie to go in the second round to the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 40th pick. Three picks later, former Pitt and current Minnesota guard Marcus Carr is projected to go to the Orlando Magic.
The last Pitt Panther to get selected in the NBA Draft was Lamar Patterson in the second round back in 2014.