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Where Are They Now? Tracking the 2022-23 Pitt Basketball Team

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The 2022-23 Pitt basketball team was one of the most memorable groups in a long time for fans of the program. 

Led by a group of transfers, Jeff Capel’s squad made it to the First Four of the NCAA Tournament. There, it won in a nail-biter over Mississippi State in Dayton after the Bulldogs’ buzzer-beater missed. Jamarius Burton hit the game-winning shot to send the Panthers back to Greensboro for the Round of 64. 

In the Round of 64, Pitt jumped out to an early lead over Iowa State, which struggled to put points on the board. The Panthers kept their foot on the gas, and took down the Cyclones in a huge upset. Pitt eventually fell to Xavier in the Round of 32, however, the program established itself on the national scene for the first time in the Capel era. 

Let’s check on the players from that team and see where they are now. 

Nelly Cummings

Cummings just wrapped up his first professional basketball season, playing for two teams throughout the year. First, he signed with AEL Limassol BC in Cyprus, where he averaged 19.3 points per game in his first four games. Then, he was signed to play Bulgaria’s NBL league for Academic Plovdiv. Cummings averaged 16.8 points per game and 4.6 assists per game as a rookie, shooting 36% from three-point range.

Dior Johnson

After Johnson was arrested in a domestic violence case, he was suspended by Pitt. After the charges were decreased in court, Johnson rejoined the Pitt team but the program decided to redshirt him for the remainder of that 2022-23 season. Then, prior to the 2023-24 season, the team announced that Johnson was no longer enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh shortly after he played for the team in exhibition action on its foreign tour in Spain. 

Johnson transferred to Clarendon College, a junior college program. There, he averaged the most points per game out of anyone at the JUCO level, 29.7. He also had the fourth-most assists in JUCO, dishing out 123 in 21 games for an average of 5.9 per game.

Blake Hinson

Hinson is currently preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft after starring for Pitt this past season. 

He averaged 18.5 points per game to lead the Panthers in another winning season, also draining 110 threes, a career and program best number.

Greg Elliott

Elliott signed with One Legacy Sports Management after his collegiate career, and began his professional stint with the Svendborg Rabbits in Denmark. He appeared in seven games for the team, per Eurobasket, averaging 12 points per game and shooting 46% from three-point range.

Jamarius Burton

Burton played in 27 games in his first professional season for the Kortrijk Spurs in Belgium. He averaged 10.8 points and 2.1 assists per game as a rookie.

Nike Sibande

Sibande played for three teams in three different countries as a rookie. First, he played for Kataja Basket in Finland. There, he lit up the score sheet for 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Then, he moved to Greece to play for Maroussi, averaging just five points per contest in four total games. Sibande wrapped up his first professional season with Merkezefendi in Turkey, averaging 14.7 points and four rebounds per game while shooting 34.7% from three-point range.

William Jeffress

Jeffress transferred to Louisiana Tech this past spring after four years with the Panthers. 

Federiko Federiko

Federiko transferred to Texas Tech this past spring after two seasons with the Panthers. 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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