Pitt loses another player
From Mirror, wire reports
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh junior forward Au’Diese Toney is transferring, the second high-profile departure for the Panthers in as many days.
The school announced Toney’s decision on Thursday, one day after junior guard Xavier Johnson said he was entering the transfer portal.
Toney averaged 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists and is considered among the better defenders in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He missed Pitt’s last game, a loss to Florida State last Saturday, while recovering from a concussion.
Toney’s and Johnson’s exits leave the Panthers (9-9 overall, 5-8 ACC) without two of their top three scorers entering the final stretch of the regular season. Pitt has dropped seven of eight since beating Duke in January. The Panthers return to play on Sunday at North Carolina State.
In other team news, sophomore Justin Champagnie was named one five finalists for the 2021 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Named after Class of 2010 Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in its seventh year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball.
Champagnie, one of just six players in the NCAA averaging at least 18 points and 10 rebounds per game, leads the ACC in scoring (18.8 ppg.), rebounding (11.4 rpg.) and double-doubles (11). He has scored in double figures in all 16 games played and has seven contests with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.