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Opinion | Believe victims even if you don’t like them
Opinion | Believe victims even if you don’t like them
By Delaney Rauscher Adams, Staff Columnist • July 12, 2024
Opinion | Women pop stars and the pressure to evolve
By Livia LaMarca, Assistant Opinions Editor • July 10, 2024

Two Panthers ready to pounce into the ׿

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First year guard Carlton Carrington (7) dribbles past a Canisius player during Pitt men’s basketball game against Canisius on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023.

The 2024 ׿ draft is set to take place from June 26 to June 27,  with two Panthers making waves in the pool of potential future professionals.

Carlton Carrington 

Carlton “Bub” Carrington played one season for Pitt, averaging nearly . His 6-foot-5-inch frame and 6-foot-9-inch wingspan at the guard position are key factors catching scouts’ eyes. In his only season of college basketball, Carrington earned spots on the .

lists Carrington’s strengths as his ability to play make, hit shots off of the dribble and rebound — a sure nod to his size advantage for a guard. The website references weaknesses in the defense and shot selection departments, citing laziness and streakiness respectively. Overall, the analysis claims Carrington possesses the makings of an ׿ player and will be taken somewhere in the mid-late first-round range. has Carrington’s player comparisons listed as Shaun Livingston and Spencer Dinwiddie.

Carrington’s youthful age, parlaying with his already proven skill set, has coaches and scouts practically salivating at the thought of the young guard wearing their team’s colors. During his short time in the Steel City, the Pitt phenom displayed why he is a likely one-and-done player ready to compete at the highest level.

After an invite to the , subsequently finding himself in headlines with an — an honor given to players who are most likely going to put on the hat of one of the ׿’s 30 franchises.

Blake Hinson

The second Panther hoping to hear their name called is Blake Hinson. Hinson spent two seasons in Pittsburgh, etching himself in the Panthers’ record books along the way. In an article by The Pitt News published in February, Hinson is described as a draft steal — a moniker given in regard to his 6-foot-8-inch, 230-pound build and special ability to knock down shots from the other side of the . The article described his underappreciated professional potential and similarities to key ׿ role player Georges Niang.

In his five-year college career, Hinson averaged . Hinson also stands as .

On , Hinson is listed as a potential second-rounder. While his , his age of 24 and described lack of passing upside hold him back from an earlier selection. has Hinson compared to Kris Jenkins.

Hinson’s size is perfect for a transition to the ׿. The key factor in Hinson’s appeal is his ability to shoot. Hinson has the makings to fit in most ׿ lineups, come off the bench and add high-level scoring to any team willing to take a chance on him.

Whichever way the draft shakes out, Pitt fans everywhere will eagerly watch and wait as two former Panthers hopefully see their names on the big board and shake hands with Adam Silver.

 

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Aidan Kasner, Staff Writer
Aidan Kasner is a second-year student studying Communication and Psychology.