Pitt basketball notebook: Moore expects Panthers to score more in transition
• Athleticism, versatility and depth could allow Pitt coach Jamie Dixon to experiment with different lineup combinations before the regular season. Junior forward J.J. Moore is convinced that will allow Pitt to score more in transition. “We're faster than we've ever been, and it's a good thing for us because we want to get up and run,” Moore said after Sunday's intrasquad scrimmage at Petersen Events Center. Moore can play both forward positions, and the 6-foot-6, 215-pounder said he has added weight to make him more of a viable option at the four-spot. Moore averaged 7.5 points last season, but he scored in double figures in nine of Pitt's final 13 games.
• Dixon said the scrimmage didn't provide much of a gauge for him because it didn't allow him to try enough combinations. “A lot of it depends on who you're with, and some guys make other guys better,” Dixon said. “(Guard James Robinson) seems to be a guy that does that, and that's what we've seen. I thought about going an extra eight minutes, but this was the right amount of time for us.”
• Point guard Trey Woodall logged a game-high 32 minutes, and Dixon was pleased with how the fifth-year senior handled the workload. “He played a lot of minutes, more than I wanted him to play, but he's been able to do that in practice,” Dixon said. “I'm happy with his conditioning, his effort, his approach. It's something to build off.”
• Dixon seems excited about Pitt's prospects at center, where senior Dante Taylor will team with freshman Steven Adams and sometimes alongside him. “Dante's been scoring a lot in practice, so we think between the two of them we can get some interior scoring,” Dixon said.
— Scott Brown
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