The primary 10 minutes of Pitt’s loss to Duke on Tuesday evening noticed five-star Blue Devils freshman Vernon Carey, Jr. run roughshod over the Panthers’ frontcourt.
Senior Eric Hamilton and junior Terrell Brown had been every given turns with that defensive project, and every ended up with two fast fouls whereas Carey collected a bunch of baskets.
It appeared like a worst-case situation for the Panthers, as their already out-gunned forwards may also find yourself out-manned, right down to seldom used freshman Abdoul Karim Coulibaly.
However Coulibaly stepped into the void in a giant method on one of many largest phases in school basketball at Duke’s packed Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Malain freshman performed a profession excessive 35 minutes and completed with eight factors and 4 rebounds. It wasn’t a statistical masterpiece, however the truth that Coulibaly was in a position to keep within the sport so long as he did and defend Carey with out fouling was a constructive signal for the gifted however uncooked ahead prospect.
Jeff Capel has made it clear that he considers Coulibaly a piece in progress this season, regularly citing the language barrier that the French-speaking Coulibaly as a motive to take issues sluggish in his first season with this system.
However Tuesday evening in Durham, he lastly confirmed some glimpses of the expertise degree that made him a Malian worldwide participant and a prospect that was sought out by high-major applications.
With Hamilton in his closing collegiate season and Brown about to be a senior, the long run is the main target for Pitt’s frontcourt, and 2020 prospect equivalent to four-star Ohio native John Hugley have dominated the dialog about who will earn extra publish minutes for the Panthers sooner or later.
But when Coulibaly can present the poise that he did on an enormous stage on Tuesday and proceed to develop his bodily abilities, he may drive his method into that dialog as nicely.