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Pitt adds JUCO guard Jonathan Milligan

Pitt men's basketball added JUCO transfer point guard Jonathan Milligan, the school announced Tuesday.

The Panthers now have a full complement of scholarship players as Pitt added JUCO guard Jonathan Milligan from Kilgore (Texas) College.

Milligan's addition was first reported over the weekend and made official with the school's announcement Tuesday after classes started Monday.

"We are fortunate to be able to add a guard of Jonathan's caliber at this point in the year," head coach Jamie Dixon said in a release. "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."

Milligan, a 6-foot-2 point guard, averaged 14.3 points and 3.7 assists per game for Kilgore last year.

Dixon's depth at guard was thinned with the loss of Josh Newkirk, who returned after home after microfracture surgery before he recently decided to transfer to Indiana.

Milligan joins senior three-year starter James Robinson, 4-star recruit Damon Wilson, transfer Sterling Smith, redshirt junior Chris Jones, redshirt freshman Cameron Johnson and redshirt senior Mike Lecak in the backcourt. 

"He has the ability to score from a variety of spots on the floor and break down defense by getting into the lane," Dixon said. "He also has the quickness and instincts to be an outstanding defender in our program."

Part of the good fortune to add Milligan in the fall, a rare time for college basketball teams to pick up a player save for extreme circumstances, arose from a qualification issue at Florida Gulf Coast.

Milligan committed to Dunk City in April and was eligible to attend school there, but not play on the basketball team. According to the Naples News, Milligan did not have credits from Kilgore College that FGCU would accept.

FGCU announced Aug. 19 Milligan was ineligible even after he took classes at Kilgore during the summer. Two weeks later, he is a Panther.

Milligan, like Newkirk, played at Raleigh, N.C.'s Word of God Christian Academy. But Milligan also spent time at Casa Grande High School in Arizona and Mount Zion Christian Academy in North Carolina before playing at Kilgore for two seaons.

Milligan was originally a member of the Class of 2012 and has two seasons of remaining eligibility.


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