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ACC News and Notes: Joe Girard to Visit Clemson, John Hugley Commits to Oklahoma, Greg Gantt, NC State, Miami, North Carolina, Florida State



PITTSBURGH – Joe Girard is getting closer to finding a new destination for his final year of eligibility, while former Pitt big man John Hugley landed at Oklahoma. Multiple moves were made by players entering the portal and looking for new places to spend their collegiate careers.

Joe Girard to Visit Clemson Over the Weekend

According to CBS Sports insider Jon Rothstein, upcoming fifth-year senior Joe Girard will visit Clemson this weekend. The 6-foot-1 Syracuse guard is a dynamic scorer capable of taking over games behind the three-point arc. Girard averaged 16.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists while shooting 40% from the floor. A career 36% shooter from long range, Girard posted a 38% mark in 32 games (all starts).

Girard and forward Jesse Edwards entered the transfer portal following the end of action and Jim Boeheim’s retirement after 47 years. Clemson narrowly missed the 2023 NCAA Tournament and finished third in the regular-season standings. He previously visited LSU and has been contacted by Pitt.

Former Pitt Forward John Hugley Commits to Oklahoma

John Hugley has found a new home. The former Pitt forward committed to Oklahoma Thursday, Hugley told Joe Tipton of On3. He sat out most of the year for mental health purposes and was the Panthers’ leading scorer a season ago.

Hugley announced his decision to transfer the morning of Pitt’s first NCAA Tournament game since 2016 when the Panthers faced Mississippi State in Dayton. He was an All-ACC Honorable Mention at Pitt, starting 31 of 32 games. Hugley averaged 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds before making only eight appearances (six starts) before stepping away from the program.

NC State Forward Greg Gantt Commits to UNC Asheville

NC State forward Greg Gantt will play at UNC Ashville next season, per Verbal Commits. The 6-foot-8 redshirt junior scored 43 total points in 22 games (17 starts) for the Wolfpack and grabbed 99 rebounds, 31 on the offensive glass. The Fayetteville, N.C. native played for Providence before joining NC State for one season. UNC Ashville finished 27-8 and lost to UCLA in the first round of March Madness.

Guard Kyshawn George Commits to Miami

Verbal Commits announced Thursday that Switzerland guard Kyshawn George has committed to Miami. The Hurricanes new shooting guard averaged 17..6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists overseas in France last season for Chalon. He played for the Chalon U21 team dating back to 2019-20. 

UNC Forward Will Shaver Commits to Belmont

Will Shaver has committed to Belmont, according to Jon Rothstein. The former North Carolina big man only played six minutes in three games for the Heels and redshirted his freshman year. Shaver, 6-foot-10, was a former three-star recruit ranked No. 142 overall and the second-best player in Alabama. He begins a fresh start at Belmont after UNC failed to make the NCAA Tournament. 

Florida State Guard Jeremiah Bembry Enters Portal

Florida State freshman guard Jeremiah Bembry has entered the transfer portal, according to Verbal Commits. The 6-foot-6 Brooklyn, New York native did not appear in a game for the Seminoles during the 2022-23 campaign. He redshirted this past year and was a three-star recruit out of high school.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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