7-Footer Rozelle Nix to Pittsburgh

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Rozelle Nix, a 7-footer from Pensacola (FL) State, committed to Pittsburgh following a weekend official visit.

Nix also considered South Carolina and Loyola Marymount.

“Blessed to say for the next 2 years of my college career in basketball I will be attending at the University of Pitt! #Hail2Pitt,” he Tweeted.

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Pitt’s Derrick Randall Arrested, Suspended

Pittsburgh center Derrick Randall of Brooklyn was arrested and charged with DWI on the Rutgers campus early Tuesday morning and has been indefinitely suspended by the Panthers, according to multiple reports.

Randall, who transferred to Pitt from Rutgers, was also charged with use of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

“The incident involving Derrick Randall this morning is not only surprising but incredibly disappointing,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said in a statement Tuesday. “Although I believe it was out of character for Derrick, he has been indefinitely suspended.”

Randall, a former star at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic and South Kent (Conn.), averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds last season.

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Kobie Eubanks Says Pitt Working Hardest, Will Visit Soon

UNION, N.J. — After going off for a game-high 24 points including five 3-pointers and a vicious two-handed dunk in a 72-56 victory over St. Peter’s Prep at the Metro Classic, Kobie Eubanks said one school is working the hardest for his services.

“Pittsburgh,” the 6-foot-5 Eubanks told SNY.tv.

“They offered back in January but Jamie Dixon has come to see him,” Our Savior assistant Eric Jaklitsch said. “He saw him in practice, he’s been to campus twice to see Damon and all the coaching staff came to see Kobie as well.” To read more of this story, click here

Pitt’s Johnson Done for Season With ACL Tear

Pittsburgh redshirt sophomore forward Durand Johnson will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn meniscus suffered in his right knee during Saturday’s game against Wake Forest.

Johnson will undergo knee surgery sometime within the next week at UPMC South Side Hospital. The surgery will repair the injuries in his right knee and will be performed by Assistant Team Physician Dr. Robin West M.D. and Steve Rabuck M.D. He will have a lengthy 9-12 month rehabilitation process.

“We are thoroughly heartbroken for Durand,” Pitt Head Coach Jamie Dixon said. “With his passion for the game and outstanding work ethic, Durand has contributed significantly to our success. He has made so much improvement in all facets of his game this year. I expect that same passion and work ethic to help Durand return at 100 percent next season.”

In 16 games played off the bench this season, Johnson ranks fourth on the squad in scoring (8.8 ppg.) and second in 3-pointers made (22). While averaging 19.8 minutes per game, Johnson grabbed 3.0 rebounds per game, converted 33.8 percent (22-65) of his 3-point attempts, hit 85.3 percent (29-34) of his free throw attempts, dished out 23 assists and finished with 14 steals. He reached double figure scoring in eight games and hit at least one 3-pointer in 10 contests.

Pitt (15-1, 3-0 ACC) gets back into action on Tuesday evening at Georgia Tech (10-6, 1-2 ACC). Tipoff for Tuesday’s game is set for 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

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Mustapha Heron to Pitt

Mustapha Heron, a muscular, athletic 6-foot-4 2016 small forward from Waterbury (Conn.) Sacred Heart, has verbally committed to Pitt.

The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.

Pitt assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen played overseas with Heron’s father, Bryan, and thus the family has a connection.

Heron visited Pitt unofficially last weekend.

Heron is Pitt’s second 2016 pledge, following shooting guard Maverick Rowan.

Pitt also has three 2014 commits and one in 2015.

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Previously Unbeaten Pitt Blows Chance for Quality Win

NEW YORK — Pittsburgh entered Tuesday’s game against Cincinnati in the Jimmy V Classic as one of just 15 unbeaten teams in the nation.

Yet because of their soft schedule, the 10-0 Panthers were unranked.

They had a golden opportunity for a quality win on a big stage — on national TV at Madison Square Garden — and to show the voters in the AP poll that they belonged in the Top 25.

Instead, they came out and laid a big egg in a 44-43 loss to former Big East rival Cincinnati. To read more of this story, click here

Derrick Randall ‘Getting Better’ After Leaving Rutgers

Derrick Randall says he’s in a “better” place now that he’s at Pittsburgh and away from Rutgers and the Mike Rice scandal.

“I have scars, but I am getting better – I smile because I don’t like to show my feelings – but it’s still with me. I get better day-by-day,” the 6-foot-9 Randall told Roger Rubin of the Daily News after grabbing five rebounds in Pitt’s 76-53 win over Texas Tech Monday in the Legends Classic.

Randall, a Brooklyn native and former Paterson (N.J.) Catholic standout, was one of four former Rutgers players who transferred after the Rice scandal in which he hurled basketball and homophobic slurs at his players. All four were granted waivers to play immediately this season. Randall told the Daily News he’s now in therapy with a psychiatrist because of what happened at Rutgers. To read more of this story, click here