Just entering into the NCAA Transfer Portal is University of San Francisco Guard Charles Minlend. Minlend could be exactly what the University of Pittsburgh Men’s Basketball team is looking for.
Minlend, a Junior Graduate, is 6’4 Shooting Guard from Concorde, North Carolina. Minlend averaged 14/5/2 on 42% shooting from the field. Minlend shot 30% from beyond the 3-Point arch in 34 games played last year.
Minlend led The Dons in scoring last year with his 14 points per game average. Minlend is an excellent ball handler, and has a knack of getting to the foul line. Minlend does not shoot it the greatest from deep, but makes enough to keep his man honest, and that’s when Minlend does the most damage. Taking his man to the tin.
Minlend doesn’t mind having the ball in his hands in crucial game situations. Minlend’s game reminds me a lot of Demetreus Gore. Gore made a living at the Free Throw Line for Pitt because he wasn’t afraid of going inside, and taking that hard foul to help Pitt win. Minlend’s mindset is very similar.
One of the areas I saw Pitt lacking in last year was a go to guy that could get Pitt buckets when needed, or fouled so Pitt could get some cheapies from the charity stripe. Minlend is that kind of guy. Dirt under the fingernails type of guy, but with exceptional handles. The kind of player the Pittsburgh fans have come to appreciate.
Being that Minlend is a Graduate Junior, he is immediately eligible to play next year. Another box ticked off. Don’t know if Minlend is on Pitt’s radar, but he should be.
If you liked what you read. The Fitzgerald Fanatic can be found on Twitter @jonjackson64. Next up: A look back at the 1987 Pitt Men’s recruiting class.
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