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William Jeffress Back in the Mix for Pitt Following Season-Ending Injury



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Ahead of the 2023-24 season, PSN will be introducing every Pitt player and updating each player’s current situation on the roster. We continue our breakdowns with a redshirt junior from Erie, Pennsylvania.


Hometown: Erie, PA

Height, Weight: 6’7, 210 LBs

Position: Forward

Number: 24

Year: Redshirt Junior

William Jeffress (24) – November 24, 2021 David Hague/PSN

Last year: In September 2022, Jeffress injured his toe, sidelining him for multiple weeks to start off the season. On November 20, Jeff Capel told reporters that Jeffress “Will probably miss the year,” and unfortunately, that came true. Jeffress received surgery on December 1, and rehabbed his injury throughout the spring while sitting on the bench cheering Pitt on in its NCAA Tournament run. 

He joined PSN’s Just Buckets podcast to detail the injury and the recovery process during that time.

The storyline: Jeffress was cleared from his injury in June 2023, and should be 100% healthy heading into this upcoming season, his fourth in the Pitt program.

The wing position is a crowded one for Pitt, who has transfer Zack Austin coming into the mix and already has Blake Hinson (who will play the four) hovering around the three-point line often offensively. Jeffress struggled to score the ball from that position in his first two years, shooting 27% from the field and 19% from three-point range and averaging three points per game. 

However, every team has room for a strong defender and a leader. From what Capel has said about him, it sounds as though Jeffress is looked at as a true leader on this team beside Hinson and that he will be a defensive strength when on the floor for the Panthers. Any offensive boost that Jeffress can provide coming off his injury would be a major plus for the Panthers.

In his own words: “I was a lot more hesitant,” Jeffress said about the last time he was on the court in front of fans. “I think I’m taking that out of my game to become more quick and more decisive with my decisions.”

In Capel’s words: “He [Jeffress] has had a really good summer,” said Capel. “We need Will to keep everything simple. We think he can be a really good defender, a great cutter, and be able to make a shot.”

“I think he has the ability to be a really good leader, so we’re going to need that from him.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago

Looking forward to the unintentional comedy of that jump shot.

Toledo Window Box
Toledo Window Box
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob Radich

Unintentional Comedy is your bailiwick Robert

Rob Radich
Rob Radich
30 days ago

Haha. You told me!

1 month ago

.looks to. Me like an acc breakout poy, will leed the panthers to an ncaa bid.

Robin Shoop
Robin Shoop
1 month ago

Glad to see Will back on the court and expect him to be a strong contributor to the team.

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