This sucks. This really sucks.
Tough break for Pitt hoops: Sophomore G/F Durand Johnson out for the year with torn ACL, torn meniscus
— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) January 12, 2014
Durand Johnson, has made such strides this year. Still prone to launching too many 3s, his all-around game has really improved.
He was Pitt’s first guy off the bench for a reason.
Hell of a time to start experimenting, but that will be what happens for Pitt and Coach Dixon. Going forward, Pitt has a couple options.
Chris Jones will see more playing time and opportunity. I don’t think it will be as simple as sliding him into the spot and minutes Johnson had.
The other thing to expect is Jamel Artis and/or Mike Young may find themselves getting a crash course in showing just how versatile they can be. Playing a bit on the wing and guarding small forwards.
The other way to go is more Josh Newkirk and having Pitt play more of a 3-guard group. Not as much size in the front court that way, but more speed.
Detrick Mostella has to be kicking himself, because this would have been a huge opportunity for him to slide in to the spot.