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Pitt star makes it official with NBA

From Mirror reports

PITTSBURGH — University of Pittsburgh sophomore Justin Champagnie will enter the 2021 NBA Draft and hire an NCAA-certified agent after averaging 18.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game last season for the Panthers.

The university made the announcement on Monday.

He is Pitt’s first early entry into the NBA Draft since 2013 when Steven Adams was selected No. 12 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“My parents and my family have been my biggest supporters and they have made a lot of sacrifices to help put me in this position,” Champagnie said. “I am excited about the opportunity to pursue my NBA dreams and be in a position to pay them back for everything they have invested in me. The University of Pittsburgh has elevated me on and off the court. I love coach (Jeff) Capel, the entire coaching staff and my teammates and will always be proud of the relationships I have built over the past two seasons. It was a difficult decision because Pitt has been such a special place in my development. I know it is time to begin my professional career. I am prepared to take the next step, accept the next challenge and put in the work it takes to succeed at the next level.”

Champagnie, a first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference and honorable mention All-America selection, was the lone major conference player in the country to average a double-double for the season. He ranked among the conference leaders in nine categories and finished in the top 10 in the NCAA in rebounding and double-doubles.

“Justin has been a terrific member of our program for the past two years and has earned the opportunity to be a NBA Draft selection,” Capel said. “He put together an outstanding season under some difficult circumstances last year, earning All-America recognition and becoming Pitt’s first first-team All-ACC selection. We are proud of the way he has developed within the Pitt program and excited to see him continue to evolve as a player. “

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