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John Hugley Announces He’s Returning to Pitt For 2022-23 Season

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The offseason for the Pitt men’s basketball team is off to a good start.

Considering the bad luck and fortune of the program over the last few seasons, pessimistic Pitt fans have been anticipating the departure of star forward John Hugley to either the transfer portal or the 2022 NBA Draft but that’s not going to happen.

Monday evening, Hugley released a statement ending any speculation and announced he would be returning to play for Pitt in the 2022-2023 season.

“I am committed to continuing my growth as a person and as a player here at the University of Pittsburgh,” Hugley said. “I love Coach Capel and appreciate how he and the staff have helped me develop over the past two years. I am excited about the process and eager to continue to evolve as a person, player and leader at Pitt.”

The 6-foot-9 sophomore from Cleveland was the most improved player on the Pitt roster and turned into an interior force in the ACC. Hugley averaged a team-high 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds, while shooting 47.1% from the field. These numbers are even more impressive when you consider the attention Hugley received from opposing teams considering Pitt’s lack of any outside threat.

With this news out of the way, Capel will be able to use Hugley’s return as a recruiting tool to try and add players to join him in the Pitt front court along with a multiple guards.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Rob Radich
Rob Radich
2 months ago

Yawn. They were 11-21 with him.

Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

But you were so sure that he would be transferring. Hughley staying will help Capel recruit from the portol. And Hughley will improve his game, still has only played one full season.

TJ
TJ
2 months ago

Given how the school/program provided support during his past issue, I would have been surprised to see him leave. I think most of the players believe in Capel and will stick around. We just need a few more pieces to change direction. H2P !

Jordan
Jordan
2 months ago
Reply to  TJ

Appreciate the optimism but I’m not sure we are going to get there with his abysmal recruiting and the mediocre players he is offering in the portal.

Sam Acquista
Sam Acquista
2 months ago

This program is a dumpster fire. Capel has to go. It didn’t work. Cut bait and start over. I like Hugley a lot, though, and I’m glad he’s staying.

Larry Blake
Larry Blake
2 months ago
Reply to  Sam Acquista

Do you really think that Hugley would stay if they fired Capel?

AMF
AMF
2 months ago

The very poor performance in the final 3 or 4 games
looms large in the minds of even the most
devoted fans,but the return of Hugley and
the addition of the young man from Colgate
sounds promising.,as do the large no. of additional
portal transfer possibilities .

Dennis Wagner
2 months ago

Most important issue with Hugley is to lose weight and play at 240lbs., not 270-280. We all know he is not going to get any coaching or discipline to loss the weight, he will have to make that decision himself, If he does at 240 he can without any coaching. Losing 30 lbs will allow him to increase his rebounding by getting off the floor. Improve his offensive game by setting up at foul line and using his ability to drive to the hoop, eliminating double teams. At 240 he should average 12 rebs a game and 17 to 20… Read more »

Jimbo Grimm
Jimbo Grimm
2 months ago
Reply to  Dennis Wagner

The roster page is printed in September. Hugley has weighed 240 lbs. since December.

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