One of the WPIAL’s best young basketball players out of Imani Christian Academy will leave the conference and play elsewhere this year.
According to a source close to Pittsburgh Sports Now, Dame Givner, a PIAA 1A State Champion with Imani in 2023, will transfer to Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut.
Givner scored 15.8 points per game last year, per MaxPreps. He was one of four Imani Christian players that held a Division One offer, with his coming from Fordham. The 2025 6-foot-1 guard Givner has earned attention from local programs Pitt and Duquesne at times as well but has only reported the offer from Fordham.
This is Givner’s third school in three years, as he played for Obama Academy in the City League as a freshman. He will play a national schedule with Putnam and will play his final two years there, as he looks to receive more looks from colleges.
Givner joins former Bishop Canevin standout Amari Evans (now with Overtime Elite) as highly touted players to leave Pittsburgh in recent years. Former North Hills four-star forward Royce Parham, who committed to Marquette, left to go play for a Western Reserve Academy in Ohio.
The city still boats two of the top overall players in 2025 with Meleek Thomas (Lincoln Park) and Alier Maluk (Imani).