When the Pittsburgh men’s basketball team starts practice next week to defend its Big East tournament championship, Levance Fields, the heart and soul of the Panthers, will have to watch from the sideline.
Fields, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior point guard from Brooklyn, is still rehabilitating the left foot he broke against Dayton last December. Fields returned to action Feb. 15 against Marquette, but he still had surgery in August. After that procedure, Fields contracted an infection above his foot that slowed his recovery. The bone is still healing, and Fields hasn’t been able to participate in individual workouts or pickup games the way his teammates have. He is expected to be ready in time for the start of the regular season in November.
Meanwhile, in other Big East news, Georgetown got a commitment from Nate Lubick, a 6-8, 227-pound junior PF from Southborough (MA) St. Mark’s, according to Jeff Goodman. Goodman reports that Georgetown hasn’t had an American-born white player in four years.