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Pitt Sophomore Forward Noah Collier Enters Transfer Portal

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The Pitt Panther basketball program has lost their first transfer of the off-season.

Sophomore forward Noah Collier has made the decision to enter the transfer portal. The 6’8″ forward joined Pitt as a 3-star recruit in their Class of 2020. Before deciding on Pitt, Collier also held offers from California, Clemson, UConn, LaSalle, Maryland, Penn State, Seton Hall. St. Joe’s, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia, VCU and Xavier.

This season, Collier averaged just 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds, while getting just 9.6 minutes per game.

Noah Collier (3) – November 9, 2021 David Hague/PSN

Collier’s struggles at Pitt stemmed from the fact that he had real struggles shooting the basketball from mid-range or from the outside. Towards the middle part of the season, Collier was able to create a role for himself as a good defensive player but that wasn’t enough for him to earn any real minutes in the Pitt front court.

Collier was a very athletic player, but the bottom line was that his offensive game was non-existent, which prevented him from carving out a role.

Collier will have three seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.

With this news, Jeff Capel now has three open scholarships to add players for the upcoming season, although that number will very likely grow in the coming days with more transfers expected.

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Eli
Eli
8 months ago

I’m waiting for a Tweet or article that just says “Pitt Men’s Basketball Team Enters Transfer Portal.”

Paul mcgrath
Paul mcgrath
8 months ago
Reply to  Eli

That’s pretty funny.
These new transfer rules are going to make college sports so much less enjoyable. I think it’s awful for college sports.

Krackerjack Kid
Krackerjack Kid
8 months ago

Bring in Jackie Moon!

At least he will get fans in the stands.

Pitt Fan in White Oak
Pitt Fan in White Oak
8 months ago

“His offensive game was non-existent”…..Even though I’m not on the fire Capel bandwagon, that sounds like a coaching problem- especially considering there were 9 players on scholarship most of the season.

Looking at his offer list, Collier wasn’t in over his head. Most of the Stallings/Capel era transfers have been successful elsewhere, so it’s reasonable to think Collier will do the same. Best of luck to this young man.

KGH
KGH
8 months ago

Not everyone works out. Drumgoole was supposed to be the big get in that class and Coulibaly was ranked higher than Champagnie. You can’t say it’s his fault guys don’t develop and then dismiss guys he has developed. Even guys that go to Duke don’t work out, it happens. It happens in the NBA. I’m not saying Capel doesn’t need to improve on some things, but bringing in more talent and keeping them are the most important things. Toney and Johnson are basically the same players this year. McGowens really hasn’t improved since leaving and Coulibaly rode the pine. So… Read more »

Pitt Fan in White Oak
Pitt Fan in White Oak
8 months ago
Reply to  KGH

KGH, Whether it’s corporate America 🇺🇸 or athletics, not everyone works out because some will be better than others. And, yes, I’ll give Capel props for developing Champagnie and others who have played well. However, my point of contention is that Pitt went into the season with 9 scholarship players (including an injury and a suspension) , so all hands were needed on deck. A large part of coaching is about maximizing strengths and minimizing weaknesses. If Collier’s mid-range (10’-17’?) shooting was a problem, then that sounds like a job for an assistant coach. Even if it’s a mental block,… Read more »

Felton, Family & Friends
Felton, Family & Friends
8 months ago

And one of this kid’s parents played at Pitt in the past. So even the legacy’s are bailing.

Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
8 months ago

Another chapter in the book of Capel’s Failures.

Irish Hammer
Irish Hammer
8 months ago

It’s going to get worse

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