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Pitt Commit Brandin Cummings Named Post Gazette Player of The Year

The Pitt Panthers' first commit in the class of 2024 has earned prestigious postseason accolades.

PITTSBURGH -- The Pitt Panthers' first and only commit so far in the class of 2024 has earned some prestigious postseason honors. Brandin Cummings, the brother of now-former Panther standout Nelly Cummings, was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fab 5 team and earned co-Player of the Year honors

Cummings, who will join the Panthers after his senior year of high school ends next spring, made a name for himself as a prolific scorer. He helped lead Lincoln Park High School to league and state titles this past season. 

"Known to many by his nickname of 'Beebah,' this versatile guard is a shooter — and a scorer," Mike White of the Post-Gazette wrote. "He can make 3-pointers from deep, yet drive to the hoop and throw down an impressive dunk. He averaged 23.1 points this season and made 75 3-pointers, shooting 39% behind the arc for a team that won WPIAL and PIAA Class 4A titles. Also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists and shot 84% from the free throw line. Has made 186 3-pointers in his career and has scored 1,482 points."

Cummings also shared Post-Gazette Player of the Year honors with his teammate, five-star 2025 prospect Maleek Thomas. The two combined to create one of the deadliest scoring combinations this region has ever seen. 

“They’re so close in everything they did in just about all statistics, except in rebounding,” Lincoln Park coach Mike Bariski told White. “It’s good they’re both players of the year. You can’t separate them because they’re like the same player, but with totally different games.”

They were only the fifth tandem in the WPIAL since the 1979-80 season to average more than 22 points during the regular season. Thomas averaged 24.9 points per night compared to Cummings' 23.1. Both did it efficiently, making more than 50% of their shots from the field and 80% of their attempts from the free throw line. 

“I think it worked so well because we trust each other, and even though we’re ball-dominant players, we’re not selfish players,” Cummings said.

Cummings joins a Player of the Year fraternity that includes college and NBA stars like T.J. McConnell, Archie Miller, DeJuan Blair, Terrelle Pryor, his brother Nelly and others. 

Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and three-star by 247Sports and On3, Cummings is still considered one of the best in the state of Pennsylvania. ESPN has him as the No. 11 player in the state for his class and On3 and 247Sports have him comfortably in the top 10. 

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