On Tuesday, Pitt officially signed forward Blake Hinson one day after Hinson posted that he had committed to the Panthers.
“Blake is a talented forward who plays with a lot of confidence,” head coach Jeff Capel said. “We like his competitiveness, ability to shoot the ball with range and his overall desire help impact winning. His skill set combined with his size and strength enable him to play multiple positions on the floor and present matchups problems on offense. We are excited to welcome him to our program and look forward to aiding in his continued development.”
Hinson, a 6-foot-7 forward, last played for Ole Miss during the 2019-20 season. He then transferred to Iowa State, but did not appear in a single game in a Cyclone uniform before entering the transfer portal again. He stands at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, and in his two years with Ole Miss he averaged 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. In his most recent season with the Rebels, he averaged 10.1 points per game, while shooting 40% from the field and 32% from three-point range.
The Florida native joins guard Nelly Cummings as the two additions to the Pitt roster ahead of next year. The Panthers picked up Cummings, a Colgate transfer and a Pittsburgh native, a few weeks back after he entered the portal. Now, they still have six open scholarships to fill, and will be targeting 2022 high school prospects as well as more transfer candidates.
Earlier this week, the Panthers hosted former West Virginia commit and JuCo product Fede Federiko, former Ohio State guard Meechie Johnson, and local high school prospect Adou Thiero on visits, as well as Hinson. This upcoming weekend, Pitt will play host to Guillermo and Jorge Diaz-Graham, two twin prospects from Spain in the 2022 class.