Pitt signs JUCO guard for 2015-16 season

The Pittsburgh Panthers men’s basketball team announced a late addition to the roster for the upcoming season, in the form of 6-foot-2 junior college guard Jonathan Milligan. Originally from Arizona, Milligan averaged 14.3 points per game at Kilgore College in Texas last season.

Panthers coach Jamie Dixon spoke highly of Milligan in the school’s release.

“We are fortunate to be able to add a guard of Jonathan’s caliber at this point in the year,” said Dixon. “He is a promising combo guard who received a lot of high major interest out of high school and while he was at Kilgore College. He has the ability to score from a variety of spots on the floor and break down defense by getting into the lane. He also has the quickness and instincts to be an outstanding defender in our program.

Milligan joins a Pitt team that has spent the last two years in the ACC after years in the Big East and is still looking to establish itself as a power in the conference. The Panthers are 45-25 (19-17 ACC) over that stretch and missed out on the NCAA Tournament last season.

It helps that Pitt has senior James Robinson returning, but the team as a whole features man inexperienced players. Hopefully, Milligan is someone that can help the Panthers take a step forward.

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