Newkirk departure leaves Pittsburgh thin at point guard

Pittsburgh lost a key member of its backcourt over the weekend when rising junior guard Josh Newkirk made the decision to transfer to another program. With Newkirk’s departure, not only did the Panthers lose an experienced player — the Raleigh, North Carolina, native started four contests and played in all 34 of Pitt’s games last season — but the team is thinned at a position where it didn’t have a lot of depth to begin with.

Senior James Robinson returns this coming season as the only true point guard on the roster. While Robinson saw by far the most time at point guard during the 2014-15 season, playing 33.9 minutes per game, he was spelled by Newkirk any time he came out of the game.

Robinson underwent foot surgery this summer, and although he’s expected to be healthy by the start of the season, the 6-3, 198-pound veteran is the only point guard on the Panthers’ roster with any college experience.