I like Gary McGhee of the Pittsburgh Panthers as a defender, but that is it. He struggles to finish plays on the offensive side of the floor, he can’t make free throws and he gets dominated by talented big men. He will, ultimately be the reason why Pittsburgh will not win the National Championship this season.
But, if for just six games, McGhee can somehow find the touch to score around the rim, play great against tough competition and make free throws, this Panthers team has a great chance to get to a final 4. If they get to a final 4, anything could happen. They could be cutting down the nets when it is all said and done, but I just can’t see this happening with McGhee as their center.
We started off seeing a lot of Talib Zanna with the absence of Nasir Robinson. Now that Robinson has returned, Zanna has fallen off the map of the depth chart. I was excited to see how Dante Taylor would play this season, but we still see that he gets out-manned. He gets pushed around like he is 5’8, 160 pounds. There is no question that he has talent, but his will is what is keeping him from being a great big man in the Big East. Robinson has turned into a guy that thrives against a zone with his ability to get to the middle and make plays. He is due for one or two 20 + point games a season, but is average the rest of the season.
Guard play will get Pittsburgh to the sweet 16, but they will need their whole team to contribute heavily if they plan on getting to a final 4 and ultimately winning the National Championship.
About the Author
Written by Justin Welton
Born in Franklin, PA. Life-long Pittsburgh sports fan + Boston Celtics. Attending Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Working for WCUC - 91.7 and WCUB-TV. Clarion Call writer for two years.