May 5, 2017

So the  two weeks have been close to positive for Pitt basketball and coach Kevin Stallings. Or at least as good as it’s been since the season ended.

No one else left, a couple coaches hired, a NLI signed and now a transfer. Let’s review.

Working backwards, Pitt got a much needed bit of new blood. Neither of which, will do much in 2017, but will have an impact starting in 2018.

Khameron Davis is part of the 2017 class, but he is almost assuredly going to end up redshirting.

“So my story is definitely a little different,” Davis said Thursday night. “I played for my high school for three years in Colorado. It was great and I was playing well, but I didn’t get a lot of exposure. So I decided to spend my senior year in Kansas for better competition and exposure. It definitely worked, but then I did a post-grad year at a place called Forest Trail in North Carolina.”

The 6’4″ 190-pound guard with an incredible wingspan still wasn’t hearing from many high-major schools after the post-grad year. In fact, it was basically Texas Tech, Charleston Southern and Tennessee Tech showing interest before Pitt came calling.

His wingspan is reportedly over 6-10. Something that could make him an impactful defensive player on the perimeter — and about the only reason he should see the court this year. Based on the story, he is clearly excited about the opportunity and obviously is a kid that works hard.

The bigger future impact is in the transfer market. Malik Ellison a sophomore transfer from St. John’s decided on Pitt over Virginia and others.

A 6-foot-6 guard, Ellison averaged 7.4 points and 2.5 assists per game as a sophomore last season while shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from 3-point range. After sitting out next season, per NCAA transfer rules, he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Ellison started 26 games and averaged 24.8 minutes per game last season for the Red Storm, who finished 14-19 under second-year coach Chris Mullin. His decision to leave the program, according to a New York Post report on March 29, was due to concerns over playing time, particularly once Arizona transfer Justin Simon is eligible next season.

The arrival of Ellison could play an interesting role in Pitt’s reported recruitment of graduate transfer Darien Williams, who averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for St. John’s last season, as Williams and Ellison are good friends. Williams, once he selects his destination, will be immediately eligible.

Ellison is the son of former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Pervis Ellison, who led Louisville to a national championship as a freshman in 1986.

Pitt not only needs bodies for this year, they need players for the year after. With so many available scholarships a traditional transfer (or two) would be a huge boost for Pitt to try and return to — at a minimum — middle-of-the-pack in the ACC.

If it also helps land a graduate transfer for the frontcourt, then even better. Williams is a 6-8 power forward and former JUCO who played about 12 minutes a game last season. Numbers aren’t eye-popping to say the least, but to put it bluntly, Pitt needs bodies for the front court.

Another graduate transfer who may be looking harder at Pitt (and Pitt may be pursuing him a lot harder at this point) is guard Geno Thorpe. You may remember the former Shaler product from his years at Penn State, before he transferred to USF and played last season there averaging 15 ppg.

With USF with a new coach following a disastrous time under Orlando Antigua, Thorpe is looking for a different place one last time. When Thorpe first announced his transfer, Pitt still had Aaron Thompson coming (who just signed with Butler). It didn’t make a lot of sense for Pitt to pursue Thorpe as the need was greater in the frontcourt. Now, Thorpe would be a significant help for next year.

Shamiel Stevenson signed his letter of intent, so the small forward will help.

In the assistant coaching front, Stallings made two moves. The most recent is not exactly exciting or much beyond a bit of a help-an-old-buddy out hire.

Coaching veteran Matt Woodley will join the University of Pittsburgh basketball staff as a special assistant to the head coach for the 2017-18 season, head coach Kevin Stallings announced Monday. His duties will include assisting the coaching staff with game preparation, practice plans, scouting reports as well as day-to-day basketball operations.

“Matt [Woodley] has a terrific basketball mind and will be a tremendous addition to our staff,” said Stallings. “His experience at the collegiate level and in the pro ranks will be invaluable to our program as we build a winning culture. His passion for the game, attention to detail and selfless attitude mirror the core values of the Pitt basketball program.”

Woodley has been in the professional ranks for the past three seasons, helping lead the Iowa Energy (NBDL) to back-to-back 26-24 finishes before being named head coach prior to the 2016-17 season. He was relieved of his head coaching duties midway through the 2016-17 season.

Meh. It’s officially a non-coaching and non-recruiting position. Other coaches have used the spot for old mentors or former players looking to get into coaching (Steve Lavin most famously hired former Purdue head coach Gene Keady for the spot while at St. John’s). If it helps in the preparation, great.

Not a real strong opinion on this one. Woodley worked for a few years as an assistant to Virginia head coach Tony Bennett while Bennett was at Washington State. His only college head coaching gig was at a D-II school. Maybe he has a beautiful basketball mind, meant for planning and prep.

The bigger assistant coaching hire was to replace Jeremy Ballard — who left to be an assistant at VCU. It wasn’t clear whether Stallings was going to promote one of the young support assistants or go outside. Stallings opted to go outside of the present staff — sort of.

University of Pittsburgh head coach Kevin Stallings announced the addition of assistant coach Sam Ferry to his coaching staff for the 2017-18 season, Wednesday afternoon. Ferry has spent the past six years at Monmouth University, including the past four seasons as an assistant coach.

“Sam is a tireless worker on the court and on the recruiting trail,” said Stallings. “He has established great recruiting ties across the Northeast and down into Virginia. His energy and enthusiasm for the game of basketball are infectious and his ability to connect with players is impressive. Sam is an outstanding addition to our staff and will make a significant impact as we build our program here at Pitt.”

Ferry joined King Rice’s staff at Monmouth in 2011 as the director of operations and was promoted to the position of assistant coach prior to the 2013-14 season. Ferry was an integral part of the program’s success in 2015-16, including winning a school-record 28 games and the MAAC regular season title. As a result, Ferry was named to the Under Armour 30-under-30 Team as part of the NABC’s Guardians of the Game Awards, recognizing 30 men’s basketball coaches under the age of 30. This past season the Hawks posted a 27-7 record, while claiming the MAAC regular season title and reaching the NIT for the second consecutive season.

Ferry played a major role in recruiting for the Hawks, developing ties in the northeast through New England and across the Maryland and Virginia areas.

Oh, there are plenty of ties. Ferry went to Vanderbilt during Stallings tenure, and was a student manager for the basketball team. After graduating he joined the staff as director of video operations. After one year of that, he left for Monmouth with King Rice — who was an assistant at Vanderbilt — to be an assistant under Rice.

Ferry is young and ambitious, which are definitely things needed for Pitt in recruiting. He focuses on the Northeast, which Pitt had fallen off in recruiting recently. It does appear to be a solid hire. Really, the only oddity is, why it took nearly a month to happen?

“This is a long-term situation here, as far as I’m concerned,” Stallings said. “Every decision I make I try to make with the long-term best interests of the program in mind. While we feel some urgency and while there is some urgency about 2017 recruiting and there’s certainly urgency about 2018 recruiting, this decision was made because I felt like it was the best long-term decision for Pitt basketball. I don’t think you can make short-term decisions and expect them to have a positive, long-term impact. Everything we’re doing right now we’re trying to do with two or three or four years down the road in mind.”

Dare to dream, Stallings. Dare to dream.

[End, Editor Note. Stallings had a big sit-down interview with local media on Thursday. Articles were published today. I will try to have some thoughts put together tomorrow or Sunday.]

I just read the article. Stallings isn’t panicking, seems glad some of the kids left.

Comment by alcofan 05.05.17 @ 7:22 am

Pitt does need bodies this year. I just hope by seasons end there arent bags with those bodies. This season could get real ugly.

Comment by TX Panther 05.05.17 @ 7:53 am

What was JD doing on the recruiting front the past few years? (nothing!) Since the recruiting drop off worsened with the move to the ACC, he clearly was not able to recruit into a different style of basketball. Given the lack of talent on the coming year’s team, it would have been worse if all the sub-ACC talent stayed. Pitt was going to take a major hit next year anyway, it’s better that the commentators talk about the young team that is getting built.

Comment by VoiceofReason 05.05.17 @ 8:39 am

alco, KS certainly wasn’t too pleased when Cam Johnson and Aaron Thompson left. He also said that none of the others who left were asked to.

I will give him credit for what appears to be a pretty good recruiting class .. but honestly don’t see value in the transfer from St John’s at all who has to sit a year. I’m afraid he is now into the collecting bodies mode

Comment by wbb 05.05.17 @ 8:40 am

Apparently Mullins with Rohrsen are recruiting so well at St John’s that Ellison, a starter decides to transfer. Not good enough for St Johns but good enough for Pitt, the table has turned. Mullins and Rohrsen in NYC, a pretty formidable duo.

KS obviously knows the problems at Pitt can’t be fixed short term. Probably has at least two more years (after this class) to recruit better players whether we (fans) like it or not.

Losing Johnson and Thompson made his job much more difficult. This year we hit rock bottom either way.

Most of us have no faith that KS can rebuild Pitt BB. He will get the time to prove us wrong, or not.

Either way, recruiting is the key. So far, there is no light at the end of the tunnel.

Comment by gc 05.05.17 @ 8:57 am

The Stalling stories in the papers were excellent. Pitt basketball has two very good beat reporters on the sport. Craig has been a fantastic addition and is excellent on Twitter, both with content and engaging those that tweet to him. DiPaola is a class act too.

The articles made me feel a little better but I still have a lot of resentment at the same time. While I appreciate that Stalling came into a difficult situation, he really did not do a good job of alleviating some of the negativity. IMO, still struggling in that department …

He was an unpopular hire before it was officially announced. As soon as rumors started flying it was going to be Stallings, a lot of fans said “oh, hell no”. Then, when it came out that cronyism may have been (most likely was) a driving force in the hire, to say he had a big hole to dig himself out of is an understatement.

Stallings handled the initial press conference fairly well. It helped, however, that the media was busy putting Barnes’ feet to the fire.

My issue is that Stallings knew the situation he walked into. It was heated, to say the least … he should have had a sense of what was going and worked to alleviate the situation.

Pitt has one of the best student sections in the country. Pitt has very deep ties with it’s, recent, former players. Several come back and play in the summer league. Yet, Stallings never truly attempted to get the Zoo in his corner or really tried to bridge a relationship with the community of former players from Pitt’s recent past that are still involved with the program. Many were upset BK didn’t get a more serious look. See Levance Fields. Stallings should have been trying to extend an olive branch. It’s Pitt basketball not Stallings basketball. History is important. You keep that.

You can have a bad season but still have optimism for the future. Stallings did a very poor job articulating his plan and keeping the fan base from jumping off a ledge. Instead, it was strictly what we saw in the post games with him blaming players or kids transferring out or getting kicked off the team or epic blowouts or him tossing his hands in there as confused as us… all the while silence on what Pitt basketball is actually building towards.

Why wasn’t there damage control? “Hey, we know it’s tough right now but we have a plan that may require some patience”. Something. Instead, we’re stuck in a death spiral and everyone is grabbing their chutes. Nothing from the basketball team to mediate some of the concerns. Instead, you had Barnes calling us “noise” and Stallings looking like a deer in the headlights.

We got a little more vision during the interviews but some of the traits us fans have jumped on still came out. A lot of excuses. He only had 6 players ACC ready. He knew that 4 were leaving early on and they were expected. Weren’t his player for his system …

Then, the whopper that media pressured him into releasing Aaron Thompson from his LOI accompanied with the tired story of “It’s a binding agreement, he should have gone to JUCO for a year” and “Coaches have buyouts”.

It’s essentially the Jeter situation all over again. The only reason he didn’t “Jeter” the kid was because of the rightful shit-storm it would have brought on the program. He hasn’t learned from his mistakes and is stuck in a previous era of the sport. Times have changed. Deal with it. You asked Thompson’s former HS teammate to leave the team. You don’t think that would cause trepidation for an incoming freshman … or his HS coach?

Stallings really might be a good coach. His peers seem to think so. He really sucks at articulating his vision though. And true leaders excel at it. What is Pitt basketball building to? Tell us. That’s how you get some leeway with the fans. He’s the face of Pitt basketball and really has done very little as the leader of the program.

I’m okay with the long term approach. Pitt, traditionally, is a program that needs senior leadership mixed with younger players to do well. This is the first time we’ve heard that though. I still don’t believe that you build a team with transfers, grad-transfers and JUCO’s. They can be complimentary but you need your actual recruits to be the core of the team. It just seems like chaos and a complete mess to me.

No organization. No forethought. No leadership. No vision. No accountability. No trust. No teamwork.

I don’t know. I’m guessing he has one year to fix it. He needs to do a lot of outreach to the Pitt community to get any goodwill for a year beyond this season. Expectations will be low, so any overachievement will go a long ways. I just don’t see the leadership qualities necessary for a P5 program with a fan base demanding Elite 8’s and Final 4’s.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 05.05.17 @ 10:29 am

@Tossing maybe you should be a writer great article.

Comment by PittPanFan 05.05.17 @ 11:07 am

Thanks PittPanFan. I just love Pitt basketball and it pains me to see where it is right now. This is the first real attempt at damage control in the year plus he’s been on the job and I’m guessing that Lyke had a lot to do with it. She’s already winning me over. There is no doubt he inherited a tough situation. Both roster-wise and the fact he was replacing Dixon. He did not handle the difficulties he encountered very well and it created a sense of disaster with the program. A lot of that is squarely on his shoulders. If he knew all this stuff, why didn’t he get ahead of it and temper expectations with the fan base? Frustrating.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 05.05.17 @ 11:18 am

Glad to see the positive vibes from posters on here. Not feeling it. Pitt had to send Stallings out. The house is on fire and season ticket sales are going way down. Spin, spin, spin…

Comment by Tony77019 05.05.17 @ 11:29 am

I watched every BB game this year (ugh). Will probably watch everyone this coming year (ugh).

I guess I have a problem but family and friend stuff always number one.

Comment by Frank MD 05.05.17 @ 12:34 pm

I also watched every game last season home games from section 109, road games from my living room. I’ll probably watch every game this coming season as well but it will be all from the living room sofa.

I used to look forward to heading to the Pete for bball games, even the preconference warmups. But last year it just was not fun to be there.

Comment by dinosaur 71 05.05.17 @ 1:49 pm

VoR – Exactly what makes the incoming talent ACC level in your mind?

Davis is a 2* recruit who can’t shoot.

Ellison is a shooting guard who can’t shoot and hails from a losing program where he garnered starter minutes. He is supposedly transferring because he was going to receive less playing time.

Williams is a big body who doesn’t rebound particularly effectively and also played at St. John’s the last two years.

Thorpe is a shooting guard who can’t shoot. He shot 37% from 3 last year (AAC) but only 30% the two preceding years (Big 10). Thorpe has a poor career A-TO and is also from losing programs.

Stevenson is supposedly athletic but also can’t shoot.

These guys are bodies to fill a roster. Ellison, Williams and Davis are still 18 months away from helping to even do that.

Comment by Barvo 05.05.17 @ 3:08 pm

Pitt could find better recruits with open tryouts.

Comment by TX Panther 05.05.17 @ 3:38 pm

Awesome post Tossing… strong leadership is essential in any organization to be successful. I’m of course stating the obvious but Pitt seems to be lacking this on many levels.

Comment by Lastrowofsection4 05.05.17 @ 3:53 pm

Why the hell do I still see the Penn State ad at the top of the page?

Comment by Lastrowofsection4 05.05.17 @ 3:54 pm

Thanks Laws.

You nailed it, Barvo. I’m slightly more okay with this as a foundation class than you are but you’re spot on with the fact this team will struggle shooting and it’sreally just bodies filling out a roster.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 05.05.17 @ 8:15 pm

Good posts, starting with Chas. Thanks TT and Barvo. Always better to have strong comments without name calling. I do hope that the new AD is creating some pressure for Stallings to be more responsive to fans.

Comment by AnotherClancyRebound 05.05.17 @ 9:05 pm

GC, I said the same thing about St. John’s a couple of days ago. They must be able to recruit better with slice. We are ending up with the crumbs. Having forced player transfers was part of Dixon’s coaching strategy in the old days.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 05.05.17 @ 9:32 pm

I can not visualize a future at PITT for Stallings regardless of what happens. He has too many strikes against him. Starting with Jeter nobody liked this guy.

I, of course, blame the curse of Upittbaseball. One negative word from him about a coach and it’s over for that sport for the next 6 yrs.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 05.05.17 @ 9:43 pm

Clancy, assuming the new AD is indeed a “rising star” she cant afford to settle for mediocrity in hoops let alone the shit storm we are watching.

Comment by Lastrowofsection4 05.06.17 @ 7:59 am

Since St Johns got Mullins to coach, maybe we could get Charles Smith.

Comment by gc 05.06.17 @ 8:39 am

Still think that the Mullins, Smith era was the best in Big East history.

Comment by gc 05.06.17 @ 8:42 am

Lyte is a compliance puppet. Stallings sucks and the kids he is bringing stink. Spin all you want. Embarrassing. Still blaming kids in interview sitting there all smug. His looks alone are comical. He looks like howdy dudy had a baby with vacuum salesman. He wins 8-10 games next year we buy from Scrubs. They many of you will be out of the his players bs. Excuse.

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.06.17 @ 9:25 am

The AD was hired to leave Stallings in place. You think an actual real Legit D1 AD would leave him in place. Hence why they brought in someone from nowhere and pay her what most of us made 10 years ago.

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.06.17 @ 9:26 am

The players announced this week could not start for Duquesne! I guess anything “not bad news” is now “good news”.

Comment by Dan 72 05.06.17 @ 9:30 am

Get it right, baseball, it’s Doody.

And whenever I see prez and Pence together I’m reminded of Buffalo Bob and Doody


Comment by steve1 05.06.17 @ 9:31 am

And blaming Dixon 16 months after he is gone is loser mentality. Jesus.

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.06.17 @ 9:31 am

In my forty plus years in the business world, I have never seen a bad hire turn into a good hire! Hard to put a “pig on this lipstick” isn’t it Heather?

Comment by Dan 72 05.06.17 @ 9:33 am

Drat…go here to see what I mean

link to

Comment by steve1 05.06.17 @ 9:35 am

LastLaw -New AD can’t and shouldn’t settle for mediocrity. At the same time, any new upper level management in any business needs to take a bit of time to see what they’ve got before they clean house. Maybe she was told that short of him emulating Sandusky at PSU, there was no way she could let Stallings go this year. All we have is conjecture and what we see in public. I don’t think any of us except UPitt sits in on all those meetings because he is the only one who knows everything. I don’t like Stallings, don’t want Stallings, but it looks like we’re stuck with Stallings for at least another year. So, I’m going to cheer for Pitt all the time and criticize when appropriate. And the Mullins/Smith era of Big East basketball was the best college basketball ever.

Comment by AnotherClancyrebound 05.06.17 @ 10:04 am

No AD would fire Stallings after one season. Chas explained why in a previous article. Outside of scandal no P5 head coach has been fired after one season in the 2000’s. You can count on one hand the amount after two seasons. Stalling is trending towards the two, however. That’s just the reality of the sport. Lyke’s comments were hardly an endorsement and Stallings’ clearly understands he’s on notice. I’ve liked everything I’ve read about Lyke so far. She sounds like a winner to me.

Dan72 – I’ve never seen a coach recover from what Stallings went thru this year and win back a fan base. We’re stuck with him one more year.

Upitt – you were one of the biggest Dixon haters in this board.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 05.06.17 @ 10:21 am

Tossing hands-down I was not a skunkhead fan on Dixon because he deserved it but you don’t replace a 2014 Toyota Camry with a 1978 Datsun with 280,000 miles and no transmission. A change was needed it. Sadly they replaced Dickinson with a complete turd and never did anything in his entire career in a week SEC. I also disagree and A.D. wouldn’t fire his ass on day one for the lack of any positiveness he showed in 15 months

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.06.17 @ 11:42 am

Okay – that I can agree with. I’ve said something similar several times. You don’t replace a good burnt out coach needing a change of scenery with a less good burn out coach needing a change of scenery.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 05.06.17 @ 12:01 pm

True man!! Haha. In a period where we know it’s gonna be a tough couple years why not invest in that young open, during years of low expectations?

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.06.17 @ 12:13 pm

PBC summer league will return this yr. Same format as last yr with teams split apart. Tenative starting date July 6th. Will last yrs MVP Cam Johnson and Rene Castro participate? Stay tuned, see you at the Montour hilltop campus.

Comment by alcofan 05.06.17 @ 1:07 pm

We’re stuck with this turd for another year. Make sure you have a good supply of air freshener.

Comment by TX Panther 05.06.17 @ 4:26 pm

Mark Alstork who is top priority for Pitt BB (19 ppg, experienced) ate breakfast at Pamela’s and worked out at the Pete hitting 27 straight 3s

Of course, he will not come here

Comment by wbb 05.06.17 @ 6:07 pm

Steve1, please no politics, especially not another one from the far left. There is enough so called media coming from that direction. Why these people call their rhetoric journalism, I do not know. What a job these guys would have done for Hitler’s public relations.

Upittbaseball, I know you are trying your magic on Stallings. Don’t give up the comments.

Unfortunately, Stallings won’t go anywhere for awhile. Too much money for the University to throw away.

We had some dumb administration decisions over the yrs. starting in the late 1930’s loosing Jock Sutherland.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 05.06.17 @ 8:16 pm

I really hope Mark Alstork commits to pitt he will be a leader for this team and he has the NBA looking at him this year.

Comment by PittPanFan 05.08.17 @ 5:21 am

I read DiPaola’s account but not the PG (I won’t pay) one concerning Stallings … and IMO, it was just more of the same ….. ‘don’t blame me”

– Young was having a great time playing BB
– there were no reliable subs
– nobody was told to leave the program

But Mr Stallings, when your very 1st commit decides to leave, and when your best returning player (who is a Pgh native and whose dad played at Pitt) decides to leave …. then maybe, just maybe, you need to start looking in the mirror.

For those who want to blame the senior players, the Cam Johnson exodus should be a wake-up call

Comment by wbb 05.08.17 @ 6:11 am

Time will tell whether or not the incoming talent is ACC level. The first year of college ball is where the most improvement is made. If KS gets 3-4 quality players out of this group,then it will be a successful recruiting year. So Barvo, I can’t tell whether the incoming recruits will develop, but I can see when players DON’T develop. Over 40 years of watching Pitt sports, I can’t say I’ve ever been in favor of throwing any coach overboard, because they don’t operate in a vacuum. Afterwards, I can see where I was probably wrong, but I’m usually pretty loyal to the coach because of the environment they must operate in. Schools such as Alabama care much less about academics than football. Pitt is not that way, but has managed to develop a tradition that provides hope for success with less overall commitment. So we wait, but cannot blame the coaches for everything that goes wrong.

Comment by VoiceofReason 05.08.17 @ 7:33 am

wbb – if you sign up with the PG website, there is a no-pay option. you get a finite number of free views. I usually don’t max out until the end of a month and then I just view it thru a different web browser and the clock starts all over again.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 05.08.17 @ 8:44 am

All you have to do is browse incognito in Chrome, InPrivate in IE, or Private Browsing in Firefox.

Comment by panther94 05.08.17 @ 11:10 am

Btw, I’m not saying you should or that I do that.

Comment by panther94 05.08.17 @ 11:11 am

I read the PG article .. not sure if video/audio was available to allow seeing KS body language regarding some of the question …however, I was somewhat taken aback by his comments about needing to build a winning culture. We had a winning culture since the Howland days. Sure, the last 3-4 years had fallen off but what team has a forever streak of success. Also, I’d have to go re-read it but I’m not sure I really came away knowing what his plan is. Sure hope that Lyke tears open KS’s little black bag and makes sure it’s not just snake oil. H2P !

Comment by Tomas 05.08.17 @ 11:56 am

So Nix is leaving. Do we have anyone big left? Or are we going from playing forwards as guards to guards as forwards?

Comment by tedsptman 05.08.17 @ 4:03 pm

Let’s be honest other than Cam and maybe Manigault these guys leaving are sub par ACC talent. Look at where Damon Wilson transferred to. Dixon’s recruiting was terrible last few years.

That said…doesn’t Stallings need warm bodies? It’s amazing and quite possibly unprecedented how these kids can’t get away quick enough. That’s a reflection on Stallings as a person, coach, and the lack of confidence these kids have in the state of and direction of this program.

For anyone that transferred out playing time couldn’t have been much of an issue. They may not be able to put 5 guys on the court. So what is the reason kids can’t leave quick enough?

What an absolute disaster…

Comment by Pap76 05.08.17 @ 4:30 pm

It is obvious Stallings was not liked right from the start because of the Jeter insistent. Then the poor season finished the deal. The man is out soon even if next yr is better. He may last a bit longer, but Stallings is gone.

At this point, PITT as any other program, can’t throw away $4-6 MM. The real question is how did Barnes get away with hiring Stallings?

No it is not the adminstation job to oversee or question his decisions. That is why you hire a AD in the first place. After all, was not Barnes considered a basketball expert?

Barnes may go down in PITT history as the con man of century. PITT ended up hiring an over the hill guy (and owing him a lifetime pension). Vanderbilt you owe us.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 05.08.17 @ 5:57 pm


Lots of news however very little talent
has been recruited for next season. Granted
with the exception of Cam we won’t miss
any of the others but a freshman laden team
will take a beating in the ACC

Comment by JR 05.08.17 @ 6:06 pm

Maybe 3 ACC wins…maybe

Comment by TX Panther 05.08.17 @ 7:58 pm

We lose to IUP, Robert Morris and Duquesne.

Comment by TX Panther 05.08.17 @ 7:58 pm

Damn. I was the one to bust the 50 comments rule. Chas…WTF?

Comment by TX Panther 05.08.17 @ 7:59 pm

Has anyone tried reaching out to Chas either thru email or social media? Not sure if he is aware of problem? I would think it’s a correctable issue. At least I hope so, it makes maintaining dialogue between commenters very difficult…

Comment by Pap76 05.08.17 @ 8:12 pm

Tweet him

Comment by TX Panther 05.08.17 @ 8:34 pm

TX I looked at Chas’s Twitter page, it doesn’t appear anyone has told him. I don’t have a Twitter account, or I would have gladly let him know. I don’t Facebook either. If you or anyone else does they reach out.

Like I said it makes keeping dialogue going pretty difficult. I would think this has to be a fixable problem…

Comment by Pap76 05.08.17 @ 9:38 pm

Pitt loses another bball player. TIme to dump KS!!!

Comment by Dan 72 05.08.17 @ 9:39 pm

Pap76 – This happens all the time. He has to know. People bitch about it every week. Rockports < Dog Taint

Comment by Upittbaseball 05.08.17 @ 10:12 pm

UPitt-What’s up buddy, yeah I would have figured he would know too. He hasn’t mentioned or addressed it all. Hopefully he lets us know one way or another.

Hope you figure out the medical issue you’ve been having. Yours sounds much worse but my right ear has been clogged for almost 2 weeks, it happened one other time, driving me nuts, so I can imagine what you’re dealing with…

Comment by Pap76 05.08.17 @ 10:29 pm

Nix was crap and should not have been on the roster.

Dixon should be ripped for letting him take up a scholarship, Stalling should be praised for once because he got him off the team. The only thing the guy has done correct.

Comment by notrocketscience 05.09.17 @ 10:00 am

I don’t know if the players KS is bringing in will be any good, they certainly will not be worse than this list. KS matched Dixon’s one 4 star recruit in the last two or three years. Dang, that is a pathetic list except Johnson, who isn’t exactly a star.

Crisshawn Clark
Rozelle Nix
Damon Wilson 4 star
Tyrone Haughton
Ryan Luther
Sheldon Jeter
Cam Johnson

Comment by notrocketscience 05.09.17 @ 10:03 am

Every once in a while I try to trick myself in believing we are not in that bad of shape, and should at least be more competitive next year (than 4 wins). Then I am brought back to reality: We are competing against Duquesne & Penn State for Monty Boykins, who in turn played his college ball at Lafayette.

Comment by 1618mt 05.09.17 @ 11:31 am

If he shoots better than Kithcart, Boykin is a plus, lol. Oh wait, that isn’t a very high bar.

Comment by notrocketscience 05.09.17 @ 11:57 am

1618mt- exactly! His career high was 19 pts against Sacred Heart. We are in a dog fight with PSU and Duquesne for a kid that has never dropped 20 in the Patriot League. This is a kid that I should supposedly a real 3 pt threat. Shouldn’t a kid who can knock down 3’s had at least a 20 pt night?

What’s even sadder is I won’t be surprised if we don’t land him…

Comment by Pap76 05.09.17 @ 1:34 pm

At least this staff is offering the top 100 players. Not saying they will get any of them but they are trying.

Comment by JP 05.09.17 @ 7:21 pm

In his freshman year Boykins shot 33% from the field, 27% from 3, and 57% from the line in over 10 minutes per game. Boykins shot 38% from the field, 36% from 3, and 62% from the line in his last full season (junior). All this was at Lafayette in a low end league and poor team.

The incoming class is loaded with players with stats like this who played against inferior competition. They may go winless in the ACC next year.

Apparently the grand plan of the genius is to load the roster with guys who can’t shoot and rid it of anybody who can grab the rebounds.

Stallings recruited Kithcart and Jeter while at Vanderbilt. It’s not like Stallings never saw anything there.

Comment by Barvo 05.09.17 @ 8:55 pm

Might go winless in acc ? definitely will go winless in acc. Only question if team wins a game all year. It’s going to b unprecedented disaster.

Comment by Steve 05.09.17 @ 9:09 pm

I think KS will be fired mid way through the year. The Zoo will throw him to the Lions.

Comment by TX Panther 05.09.17 @ 9:14 pm

Nix was a heartening episode in a tumultuous Season.

Comment by PittofDreams 05.10.17 @ 5:14 am

However limited his basketball skills.

Comment by PittofDreams 05.10.17 @ 5:15 am

By the way, Pens Game 7.

Comment by PittofDreams 05.10.17 @ 5:17 am

On its face, not a whole lot for Pens fans to feel confident about.

Comment by PittofDreams 05.10.17 @ 5:20 am


Who left the Pitt team that could grab rebounds and was a great shooter? Ah, no one.

Johnson was the only loss and it remains to be seen if he even develops.

Comment by notrocketscience 05.10.17 @ 7:20 am

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