Sunday, January 12, 2014

Durand Johnson out for the year

Durand Johnson has a torn ACL and a meniscus injury that will sideline him for the rest of the year.  The 6'6" redshirt sophomore was averaging 8.8 ppg and 3.0 rpg while playing nearly 20 minutes a game. This is obviously a big blow for Pitt and freshmen Mike Young, Jamel Artis, and Josh Newkirk will have to pick up the slack, as well as redshirt freshman Chris Jones.

48 comments:

  1. Terrible news.....he was really improving as an all around type player. I hope he gets a medical redshirt, but I doubt he'll get one. Prayers for a complete recovery...

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    1. Generally you have to only play a handful of games. I forget the exact % of your total team games, but with 16 already in the books, He has played way past the the threshold even if we make runs in the ACC and NCAA tourney

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    2. Also need to have a year of eligibility left!

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  2. Just plain sucks for him personally.
    He was getting more minutes and doing well. Possible 6th Man Award.
    Now Pitt doesn't have any real outside threat to keep defense honest.

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    1. I'm pretty sure Patterson has an outside game. However… who else?

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    2. I believe I read somewhere last week where Newkirk has really improved his outside game and was pleasant surprise to Jamie, and really impressed Ben Howland when he observed him. He has shown a little bit this year but certainly doesn't seem as natural as DJ. But with more PT, who knows?

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  3. Can he get an injury redshirt

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  4. Torn ACL and meniscus? Holy crap - isn't that 1+ year recovery? May need a redshirt for next year.

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  5. If all goes well he should be playing again in Nov next year.

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  6. Thats the kind of injury that can end a kids college career. He is a bouncy player and that will be gone from his game.

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  7. Unbelievable Chris,
    You were having a twitter battle with PSU beat reporters, media that don't believe anything happened or whatever their lunatic position was. smh

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    1. And then there was this.

      http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2014/january/twitter-wars-espn-s-steelers-beat-writer-embraces-debate.html

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    2. nice job Chris.

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  8. DJ is my favorite player. G0dspeed to him.

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  9. Yes, Durand was my favorite player too. Good luck with his recovery. Hopefully he is still the same player.

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  10. At least Johnson has two more seasons to play and plenty of time to recover. Not sure Pitt can get to the Final Four this season without him.

    This means more minutes for Wright and Patterson, with the latter player being a good thing since he's playing at a high level.

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    1. Pitt wasn't getting to the Final Four with him either. Pitt is very good but let's not get crazy.

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    2. I'm not saying pitt would have got to the final four, but if vcu, butler, and Wichita state can, pitt could have...

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    3. Oh, there's obviously a chance. I'm just saying that Pitt won't be among the favorites.

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    4. Chris… do you forget the last 3 tournaments, Pitt has lost to eventual final 4 teams. It's not like they are losing to chumps. And they lose close games. Anything can happen.

      My only concern about this year… B10 is deep and physical. B10 team would be a bad matchup for Pitt.

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  11. Not having Detrick Mostella eligible right now makes the loss of Johnson sting a little bit more.

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  12. Congrats to Pitt BB for Top 25 ranking in both polls.

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  13. Wouldn't Kane look good in a Pitt uniform? Did Pitt not show interest or Kane not show interest? I don't recall.

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    1. He visited and claims he chose Iowa State instead. Not true though. He drove Herrion insane and Dixon felt he didn't want to go down that road. Ironically, he may have matured.

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    2. I'm happy Kane is doing well at Iowa State, but before the injury to Johnson Pitt really didn't need DeAndre. Now it's easy to say Pitt could use him at this point but this means Patterson should to be on the court more, and he should considering he's a senior and playing lights out right now. This will benefit Newkirk as he'll be forced to grow up quicker.

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  14. Chris, what are you reasons that Larry Johnson would not come to Pitt? Any word on Apke switching to Pitt?

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    1. Too expensive, he wouldn't want to work at Pitt, Pitt wouldn't want a longtime PSU guy working at Pitt, Chryst doesn't know him.

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    2. He is going to OSU - correct?

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  15. Chris what's the word on mostella. Is he eligible for next year?

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  16. Chris.....why does HCPC limit his coaching hires to "people within the Wisconsin phone directory?" (serious question) .....REFERENCING your statement above on Larry J. Doesn't he realize that limits his pool of qualified, talented candidates....???

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  17. Chris - great job on twitter. Hard to believe there are still people out their denying the PSU thing.

    Too bad for DJ, he was really coming into his own. Who now comes off the bench first / does JD change anything in the rotation?

    Thanks!

    H2P!

    VAYinzer

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  18. If LJ goes to OSU how will PC recruit anyone in this region? Franklin to the east. Meyer/LJ to the west.

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    1. Here are somethings to keep in mind.

      1. Next year the state of PA is pretty weak with talent. The Panthers should put all their eggs in Sterling Jenkins basket and then do what everyone else is going to do and look outside the state.

      2. Meyer already had Ohio picked clean for elite talent. One thing Ohio State has always done well is defend their backyard in recruiting.

      3. LJ and Franklin both have big time influence in the Maryland and DC area. Pitt rarely pulls kids from that area anyway. I think both guys will have a bigger impact on a team like Maryland than a team like Pitt. Especially with Maryland being in the B10 now.

      4. Adonis Jennings was a bigger signing than people realize. Not just because he is a great talent, but it also opens another Pipeline to Timber Creek. New Jersey in general is on an upward movement in talent. Next year NJ has 8 players in the 250 while PA has 4. One of which is a defensive back from Timber Creek.

      5. PC has still has ties to Mich, Wisc. and Ill. In the past 2 years we have pulled 6 players from that region.

      6. PC has really opened up recruiting. We have one kid from HI and next year we have offers out to some pretty big time players from there. I am not sure the connection, but hopefully it will pay off. Also being in the ACC has opened up doors, as Pitt has offers out to plenty of talent in GA and FL.

      7. It really boils down to the play on the field, there are ties and pipelines all over the place for Pitt and it really comes down to Pitt being a place they want to come. If in two years the offense becomes a top talent offense like people suspect it might, you will see kids from other areas wanting to come to Pitt.

      8. Most importantly, there are only so many scholarships to go around. If anything, maybe LJ will pull a kid from DC to Ohio and open up the door for Pitt to grab a kid from Ohio. Franklin is going to recruit PA, MD, DC, VA, TN, NJ, OH, NY, DE......He will also take any top talent from anywhere else he can. Even if he would get the pick of the litter from everywhere, there will be plenty of talent left. And Franklin isn't god. Don't think that when he pulls scholarships from a few kids this year to bring in his Vandy kids that it won't rub some coaches and players the wrong way.

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    2. I'm all for optimism but Pitt isn't going to get any top players out of Hawaii. It's just not happening.

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    3. Pt. #8. Chryst pulled scholarships his 1st year from commits. All coaches do that. In some cases, players will decommit on their own.
      Right now, Pitt has 4 commits too many so I'm sure Chryst will ask 4 current players to leave the program. Probably RS Jr. btw, all coaches do that and I don't see anything wrong with that.

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    4. It might be unlikely, but I like the fact that we are going after them. Just like I like the fact that we are going after GA and FL kids. You never know, maybe when we were in HI two years ago they built a relationship with someone. Point is, PA might not be the place to fill our needs next year. So we can fight it out with PSU and OSU for a lack of talent next year, or we can go after some kids elsewhere. Would you rather bring in a 2 star kid from PA or a 3 star kid from anywhere else.

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    5. By the way. being an optimist would be sitting here and saying.... imagine what we could do if we picked up Ermon Lane.

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    6. Hey Chris, you saying the year round sunny weather and beaches would beat our cold, cloudy weather and rivers??? Preposterous!!!

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    7. I don't understand why Pitt would spend one dollar trying to recruit Hawaii.

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  19. Terrible news and wish Durand all the best in his recovery.

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  20. Further proof idiots run college universities...

    Louisville, who had the #2 ranked D last year and decide to make a splash hire of the Georgia DC. And they decide to give him a $1 million/yr making him one of the highest paid coordinators. Let's look at the numbers:

    Average Yds/Gm 2013:
    Louisville: 258
    Georgia 381...really, that's raise worthy in college football.

    Oh, but wait for it......

    Pitt: 374

    See, now don't you feel foolish for crying about Pitt being cheap when hiring coordiantors. We're getting value here people!!!!

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    1. You omit one important fact.
      Georgia played in SEC and Louisville in AAC. Big difference. wait.. HUGE difference.
      But Louisville overpaid.

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    2. Plus Georgia had one of the youngest defenses in the country. Georgia is probably better off anyways. they got Pruitt from fsu

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  21. By all indicators even with sanctions Penn State is doing better than Pitt and has better records the past two seasons.

    Doke: How will Chryst handle Franklin's recruiting? Whether he was playing up the Western PA recruiting angle to arouse Nitter fans, Franklin really hit home about owning PA. I see Chryst and company slithering away, unwilling to really compete.

    Did Franklin's hiring just ensure Penn State's dominance over Pennsylvania football for another decade?

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  22. Penn State has won 1 Big 10 title(1994) since they joined the Big 10 (1990). They have Top 5 revenue among all NCAA teams. In the same time period, Northwestern has won 3 Big 10 titles, as well as Iowa with 2 titles. Even Purdue and Illinois have the same number as PSU. We won't even get the real powers of the B1G, OSU, Wisky & Mich. Needless to say for the revenue they derive, they are massive underachievers and are no longer anywhere close to a National Power. Only in the minds of the tribe and maybe those who write in the local newspapers.

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    1. Well stated. No need for Pitt faithful to panic over the Franklin hire.

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  23. @ Anonymous 1:55 PM: Agree with your comment that Franklin going to PSU and LJ going to OSU affects Maryland more so than PITT. The talking heads around DC are all up in arms over the Franklin hiring. Especially since he was on Friedgen's staff. Anyway, all you hear is how Maryland never has and never will live up to PSU and how PSU comes in and cleans up. Now with Maryland going to the B1G, it's only going to get worse.

    Obviously PITT needs to recruit better, but I think they are in a good spot in the ACC.

    VAYinzer

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    1. Tony, Franklin's comments were all about winning the press conference, nothing more. While Western PA had a good clas of recruits this year, typically it's not talent laden year after year. I think OBrien was really more of a threat in recruiting than Franklin, because kids with NFL aspirations are going to gravitate towards a known NFL background. While franklin has NFL experience, it isn't at the coordinator level and he's never worked with a name like Tom Brady.

      I seriously doubt recruiting in this state will change much if at all, Franklin needs to beat his chest and spout bravado because during his tenure is when the sanctions are going to show true impact.

      Mike W.

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