Jeff Capel announced on Tuesday afternoon that sophomore forward Justin Champagnie would test out the NBA draft process.
“After talking it over with Coach Capel, my other coaches and my family, I have decided to test the NBA Draft process,” Champagnie said. “The feedback I will gain from meetings, workouts, and outside evaluations will shape the final decision on whether to remain in the draft or return to the University of Pittsburgh for my junior season. This process will only help my development and allow me to become a better player at Pitt or in the NBA.”
Champagnie was undoubtedly Pitt’s best player this season, as the 6-foot-6 forward averaged 18 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. He also took home numerous awards, including First Team All-ACC.
“Justin had a terrific season and put himself in position to explore this opportunity,” said Capel. “I have been impressed with Justin’s development and his desire to be coached since his arrival at Pitt. I believe he is only scratching the surface of the player he can become. We will continue to work with him and his family throughout the NBA Draft process.”
After the season finale against Miami, Capel mentioned that he would speak with people he trusts that are involved in the draft process and do whatever he could to help out Champagnie and his family in making a decision. He also added in that he would support Champagnie with whatever decision is made.