Friday, April 24, 2015

Panthers add a shooting guard

Jamie Dixon's 2015-16 Pitt Panthers just got better today by adding Coppin State transfer Sterling Smith. The 6'4" Sacramento, CA native is a graduate transfer and will therefore be eligible immediately.

The shooting guard will compete with 6'6" redshirt junior Chris Jones for playing time. Smith is a good defender and rebounder, but his forte is his three point shooting. This past season he averaged 13.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 spg, and 1.4 apg. He also shot 46.8% from the floor, 77.2% from the free throw line, and 41.8% from three. Against Notre Dame, UConn, and Michigan Smith averaged 11.7 ppg and made 8 of 20 three pointers.

20 comments:

  1. welcome aboard .... haven't seen him play .. is he a lock to start ?

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  2. So Jamie gets a graduate transfer from Coppin St who plays in arguably the worst D-1 conference in the country - why should I believe that this young man can play in the ACC?

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    1. Maybe because Chris went to the trouble of putting up his stats against ND, UConn and Michigan. You don't always have to be negative.

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  3. Anon---I think that is why Chris added how he did against ND, UConn and MSU. Apparently he can play with the big boys.

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  4. Paul Zeise wrote this in the PG: "Smith, who chose the Panthers over Wake Forest, Rutgers and Louisville, averaged 13.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game."

    Looks like he might be able to play in the ACC, at least those 3 teams thought so.

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    1. Rutgers isn't in the ACC...

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  5. Based on Dixon's track record, if Smith doesn't play D, he won't see the floor. Given he's a grad transfer, time will soon tell if he was a good catch or not. I do wish that he were 5 or 6 inches taller.

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    1. tomcat: there aren't too many 6'9" or 6'10" shooting guards in college BB. what BB have you been watching?

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    2. I "think" tomcat is saying that he'd rather have a 5 vs. a 2.

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    3. They'll add somebody for down low too.

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    4. ZM - thank you for chiming in. That's exactly what I meant.

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  6. I read somewhere that there are over 600 transfers... I knew we would add 1 or two with those crazy numbers... hope he contributes

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  7. "The shooting guard will compete with 6'6" redshirt junior Chris Jones for playing time"

    C'mon, Doke. This kid is coming here to start at the #2. Chris Jones has never shown any ability to play that position. If anything Chris Jones is competing with Jeter for PT at the #3.

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    1. Really... how many times does Jones have to get beat off the dribble for people to understand this?

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  8. This could give jones the motivation to either hone his skills or go away. The latest is that he is closer to 6'2" at best. I don't think Louisville offered him. Hopefully he does well, but my sense is that Pitt is in trouble this year UNLESS Nix and Wilson contribute mightily and Jamie updates his style of play.

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  9. I can hardly contain my excitement.....snooze.......

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  10. Does Durand Johnson have to sit out another year due to transfer rule going to anothet D1 school?

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  11. So Chris if he graduated there probably wasn't a problem he just don't want to play for pitt right?

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    1. If one believes various rumors, this wasn't solely Durand's decision to move on.

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