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Highly-Touted PG Dior Johnson Officially Signs with Pitt

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On Thursday morning, four-star prospect Dior Johnson officially became Jeff Capel’s highest-ranked recruit while at Pitt as he has now signed with the Panthers, per release.

Johnson, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Saugerties, New York, was ranked as a five-star prospect for most of his high-school career, and is now joining the Panthers after being previously committed to Syracuse and Oregon.

“Dior is an outstanding prospect and one of the top guards in the class of 2022,” head coach Jeff Capel said in a release.“We were able to develop a quick connection when he reopened his recruitment. He is talented, competitive, and eager to be challenged to reach his full potential on and off the court. He is ready to get to campus and begin working with his new teammates and we are excited to add a player of his caliber to our backcourt at this point in the summer.”

Known for his playmaking ability, flashy offensive skills, and his celebrity status, Johnson is a unique prospect that brings loads of talent into Pitt’s back court instantly. Johnson fills the final open scholarship for the Panthers ahead of this season, as they have already added seven other players: freshmen Jorge and Guillermo Diaz-Graham, JuCo prospects Fede Federiko and Cashius McNeilly, and transfers Nelly Cummings, Greg Elliott, and Blake Hinson.

Following Johnson’s commitment, Pittsburgh Sports Now broke down the potential starting lineup and rotations for the Panthers, who have better depth and talent this year than they have had in past years under Jeff Capel.

Projecting Pitt Basketball’s 2022-23 Starting Lineup and Rotation

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Eric payne
Eric payne
13 days ago

Now that he is committed, he is the best guard in the ACC. Can’t wait to see him on the floor with the twins and Jeffries and Hugley. What a flying circus that will be.

PittBand
PittBand
12 days ago
Reply to  Eric payne

Whoa buckaroo. Competing in the ACC isn’t just about talent. It’s more about the wear and tear of an 18-game conference schedule. Gonzaga only has about 10 games a season where they need to show up. Double that for the ACC.
And speaking about Jeffries, he started the season and gradually worked his minutes downward until he was just a defensive replacement for Mo.

Pitt guy
Pitt guy
13 days ago

Great job coach Capel , you ask for patience when taking over the dumpster fire , most people on this site ( Rob )! Didn’t give you much … but congratulations on a great recruiting job and getting players with promise from the portal . …. Haven’t heard much from negative Rob :::: got to get out of that basement buddy

PittBand
PittBand
12 days ago
Reply to  Pitt guy

Covid’s over? The dust around NIL is settling down and the damage KS and Barnes wreaked is history. But for the heavy-handed seat license fiasco last season, I would still be a season ticketholder. Been following Pitt mbb since 1970 except for KS/Barnes. Now we see if we can get to 500 in league.

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