Pitt wing Justin Champagnie was not selected in the 2021 NBA Draft after making the decision to submit his name for the draft ahead of his junior season.
The 6-foot-6 Brooklyn, New York native spent two seasons with the Panthers, but it was his breakout 2020-21 season that put him on the pro radar. Last season, Champagnie averaged 18 points and 11.1 rebounds per game while becoming the first Panthers player to be selected first-team All-ACC.
Champagnie had been projected by most prognosticators to be taken late in the second round, if at all, but he chose to keep his name in the draft instead of returning to Pitt. He said before the draft that at least one team had assured him that he would be their pick.
“I am feeling confident,” he said on July 15. “I am confident in myself, I am confident in my chances, so I am going to just run with that.”
Champagnie will now likely look to catch on with a team as an undrafted free agent.
With Champagnie going undrafted, the last player to be drafted directly from the Panthers remains Lamar Patterson, who was taken by Milwaukee with the No. 48 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Cameron Johnson, who transferred to North Carolina after graduating from Pitt, was selected in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.