Pitt’s Justin Champagnie Racking Up Awards after Stellar Sophomore Season
After leading Pitt in his sophomore season and averaging 18 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, Justin Champagnie is certainly getting the recognition he deserves.
In a historic season for the Brooklyn native, Champagnie racked up 14 double-double performances, two 20-point, 20-rebound games, and became just the fifth player in Pitt basketball history to score in double digits in every game of the season. On Tuesday, the awards continued to roll in for the First Team All-ACC selection.
Champagnie was named by the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) as first team all-district for his efforts this season. With this award, Champagnie became the first Pitt player since Ashton Gibbs in 2011 to make the NABC first team, and joined Jose Alvarado, Keve Aluma, Carlik Jones, and Matthew Hurt as fellow ACC players to make the team this year.
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The 6-foot-6 Champagnie was also named by the USBWA as a first team all-district selection on Monday, joining nine other players who played their seasons across New York, New Jersey, Delaware, D.C., Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Champagnie’s brother, Julian, who starred at St. Johns this year, also made that team.
The last of Champagnie’s awards for the day (for now) was an Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention. Champagnie was named alongside 40 other players in the honorable mention list, although averaging more points and rebounds than all but one forward on the second and third teams (Drew Timme – Gonzaga).
Please S T A Y !?
Naw. Do what is best for him. If he stays it will be hard to improve on his performance unless Pitt recruits their butt off to get him some help. If they get the right pieces he could be a first rounder.