On Saturday morning on The Panthers Insider Show with Pat Bostick, Pitt head coach Jeff Capel announced that Jorge Diaz-Graham will miss some on-court time with an injury.
“Jorge is injured right now,” Capel said on 93.7 The Fan. “He’s out. He won’t be able to play in Spain with his foot. It’s a six-week deal. He’s in a boot right now. It’s nothing long term.”
Diaz-Graham and the Panthers will travel to Spain for their foreign tour from August 5-14. The team will compete in Spain and the Canary Islands, where the Diaz-Graham twins are from.
Jorge, a 6-foot-11 stretch forward, scored 2.9 points and grabbed 2.2 rebounds per game for the Panthers as a freshman. Since his freshman season, Capel added, he and his brother have been in Pittsburgh, and specifically, in the weight room, as opposed to playing international ball.
“It’s been really good,” Capel said. “The twins, Jorge and G, they decided not to play for their national team. It was a big decision. Most of the foreign kids really love and grow up in that national system. They chose not to play this summer because they wanted to be here in the weight room. That was a choice they made, I talked to their father about it.”
Jorge was listed at 6-foot-11, 190 pounds as a freshman, while Guillermo was listed at 7-foot, 205 pounds.
“You can see in their bodies and their faces really, with the commitment they’ve made, with the change they’ve made in the weight room,” Capel went on. “Our nutritionist and strength coach working together with meals, really all day for them. Protein shakes. I wish I had that problem where you just want me to eat all the time. But they’ve gotten stronger, you can see it on the court.”