The first pull of the thread in the unraveling of the 2020-21 Pitt men’s basketball season came with the suspension of freshman forward John Hugley on Jan. 15.
Since then, Pitt lost 10 of its final 12 games of the season, and has also lost five players to the NCAA transfer portal and All-ACC wing Justin Champagnie will try the waters of the NBA Draft.
Hugley was suspended from the Panthers team indefinitely after being charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy and receiving stolen property.
According to a copy of the criminal complaint levied against Hugley that was obtained by Pittsburgh Sports Now, Hugley and an unidentified accomplice stole a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu that had been parked on Coltart Avenue in Oakland near Pitt’s campus on July 19, 2020.
The University or anyone associated with the Pitt basketball program hasn’t commented on Hugley’s situation since releasing the initial statement announcing his suspension. At this point it seems like that the situation must play out in the courts before it’s determined whether Hugley has a future at Pitt or any other college basketball program.
PSN talked on Monday afternoon with a person close to Hugley and tried to get an update on the Cleveland native. PSN was told that Hugley “is still enrolled at Pitt and is currently taking classes. He’s doing very well academically and mentally. He is also working out regularly and is eager to return to the court.”
When asked if he’d be returning to Pitt if given the opportunity, our source said “that hasn’t been determined yet” and also wouldn’t comment on if Hugley would want to return to Pitt if given the opportunity.
A 6-foot-9 freshman out of Brush High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Hugley played in seven games and made one start this season for Pitt. He scored 36 points and grabbed 30 rebounds while averaging 14.9 minutes per game.