Busting Brackets

Pittsburgh Basketball: 6 potential forward targets after missing out on Adou Thiero

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Compared to most teams in the ACC, the offseason for Pittsburgh Basketball has mostly gone fairly cut and dry. The program knew early on that star freshman guard Bub Carrington was going to the NBA Draft, preventing a long process of uncertainty. Starting center Federiko Federiko also hit the transfer portal, now at Texas Tech.

The Panthers have landed a couple of transfers to replace those two. Cameron Corhen is a 6'10 center from from Florida State, who averaged 9.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 21 mpg and 12 starts. Damian Dunn only averaged 6.3 ppg at Houston last season but in the three years prior at Temple, produced around 15 ppg.

That still left the team two open scholarship spots, which they were looking to fill at the power forward position. The big loss for the Panthers was Blake Hinson, the star forward and leading scorer for team team this past season at 18.5 ppg on 42% shooting from deep. They were reportedly locked on on Adou Thiero, a transfer from Kentucky who has family ties back in the Pittsburgh area.

At one point, it looked as it the Panthers were fighting with fellow ACC program North Carolina for Thiero's services, until new Arkansas head coach John Calipari was able to convince the transfer to follow him to the new SEC team.

With Thiero off the board, the current options for Pittsburgh at power forward on the team is Zack Austin, who mostly played the 3 last season and Guillermo Diaz-Graham, who mostly played the 5. Jorge Diaz-Graham is a "4" but he's dealt with injuries and struggled to make the main rotation when he was healthy.

This piece will look at six legit options for Pittsburgh Basketball that's left in the transfer portal. In the NIL world, the Panthers don't have the most resources compared to other teams so I'm going to be realistic. So transfers such as Dillon Mitchell (Texas), Coleman Hawkins (Illinois), and Arthur Kaluma (Kansas State) will be excluded.