Panthers starting point guard Travon Woodall is expected to miss a month with a groin strain and abdominal tear. Woodall is having a breakout season with 14.1 ppg, 8.3 apg, and 3.4 rpg, though he has also had an inordinate amount of turnovers this season with 3.6 a game.
The Panthers have two options to replace him. One is to move All-American candidate Ashton Gibbs from shooting guard and start redshirt freshman Cameron Wright at shooting guard. Wright is averaging 3.0 ppg in just 10.7 minutes a game, but he's been better lately with 4 steals over the last two games, and 13 points against Robert Morris. Gibbs is not an ideal point guard, though, and that option may lessen two positions.
The other, more exciting option, is to replace Woodall at the point with true freshman John Johnson. Recruited by former Pitt assistant Tom Herrion who called him "one tough kid", the 5'11" Johnson is raw, but exciting. He's averaging 4.6 ppg in 10.7 minutes a game and he's also been improving quickly going 5 for 5 from three over the last two games.