Roster Breakdown: What Does Pitt’s Lineup Look Like with Transfer Wing Zack Austin?
Pitt earned its first transfer portal commitment of the offseason on Tuesday, landing High Point transfer Zack Austin.
Austin, a 6-foot-7 wing, hit more than 60 threes in each of his two seasons at High Point, averaging at least 14 points per game in both years. Now, he joins the Panthers with two years of eligibility remaining.
Let’s look at the roster outlook with Austin now on board.
Pitt feels comfortable with Dior Johnson starting at the PG spot. At the two, look for the Panthers to go out and grab an experienced transfer guard to fill the starting spot. With the addition of Austin, look for him to start at the three spot, potentially switching out with William Jeffress. At the four, Blake Hinson returns as the team’s leading scorer with more All-ACC aspirations in his senior season. At the five, the Panthers will once again look to international bigs Federiko Federiko (starter) and Guillermo Diaz-Graham (reserve) to hold down the inside.
The Panthers still have three scholarships available. Rhode Island transfer Ishmael Leggett is set to visit Pitt this upcoming weekend, and he could be a piece that fits right in at the starting two spot. In addition to Leggett, look for the Panthers to add depth pieces. If Pitt can fill its last starting spot (the 2), it will be in tremendous shape heading into the season.
POINT GUARD (PG)
Dior Johnson (RS Freshman)
Jaland Lowe (Freshman)
TWO GUARD (SG)
Carlton Carrington (Freshman)
Zack Austin (RS Junior)
William Jeffress (Senior)
Marlon Barnes Jr. (Freshman)
Blake Hinson (Senior)
Jorge Diaz-Graham (Sophomore)
Federiko Federiko (Junior)
Guillermo Diaz-Graham (Sophomore)