Pitt Misses on High-Scoring Transfer F

One of the Pitt Panthers' biggest transfer targets has picked a different school.
Nov 24, 2021; Nassau, BHS;  Virginia Commonwealth Rams forward Mikeal Brown-Jones (2) reacts after
Nov 24, 2021; Nassau, BHS; Virginia Commonwealth Rams forward Mikeal Brown-Jones (2) reacts after / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH -- The Pitt Panthers will have to keep plugging away at their transfer portal recruiting because one of their priority targets has picked a different program to use the remainder of his eligibility.

Former UNC Greensboro forward Mikeal Brown-Jones was one of the first transfer players Pitt reached out to this offseason and they even made his final three list alongside Kansas State and Ole Miss. But Brown-Jones has spurned the Panthers and picked the Rebels, according to On3's Joe Tipton.

It's easy to see why so many Power 5 schools have jumped at the opportunity to recruit Brown-Jones, who flourished for the Spartans in the first year of his career as a full-time starter. 

In 28 games, all starts, Brown-Jones averaged 18.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game while shooting 56% from 2-point range, 43.1% from deep and 78.7% from the free throw line. He earned First-Team All-Southern Conference honors. 

The Panthers currently have four scholarships available heading into the spring and summer. They have needs at guard, center and power forward and Brown-Jones could have helped them address at least one of those holes.

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Stephen Thompson graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications and political science from Pitt in April 2022 after spending four years as a sports writer and editor at The Pitt News, the University of Pittsburgh's independent, student-run newspaper.  He primarily worked the Pitt men's basketball beat, and filled in on coverage of football, volleyball, softball, gymnastics and lacrosse, in addition to other sports as needed. His work at The Pitt News has won awards from the Pennsylvania News Media Association and Associated College Press.  During the spring and summer of 2021, Stephen interned for Pittsburgh Sports Now, covering baseball in western Pennsylvania. Hailing from Washington D.C., family ties have cultivated a love of Boston's professional teams and Pitt athletics, and a fascination with sports in general.  You can reach Stephen by email at stephenethompson00@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter. Read his latest work: