Pitt Panthers Basketball: John Hugley and William Jeffress take steps for returns


PITTSBURGH — The Pitt Panthers didn’t have star center John Hugley in the roster when they outscored UT Martin in a season-opening win and it looks like they’ll be short once again. a great starting man when they face West Virginia at the end of this week.

Pitt’s head coach Jeff Capel said after the win over the Skyhawks that Hugley was cleared after suffering a knee injury early in the fall, but he hasn’t played live basketball since. more than six weeks and is limited to individual exercises at this time.

“The most important thing is that John hasn’t played, he hasn’t done anything for six weeks,” Capel said. “He hasn’t done anything since. So the biggest thing with him is going to see how he reacts to having to train and then get them fit. Those will be the two biggest issues.”

While Hugley’s return seems a long way off, that of injured teammate William Jeffress seems to be even further away. He is out of crutches, but still needs a walking boot and will be reassessed after the weekend.

Jeffress will likely face a position lock upon his return. Blake Hinson was a revelation as a power forward – he scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 33 minutes against UT Martin.

Hugley will start as soon as he is healthy and conditioned enough to do so.

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