Two Pitt starting guards cleared to return to practice after surgery

James Robinson (USATSI)
Pitt’s James Robinson will be practicing with the Panthers after offseason foot surgery. (USATSI)

Pitt ‘s starting backcourt of James Robinson and Chris Jones has returned to team workouts and will be ready for the start of practice, sources told CBS Sports on Monday.

The 6-foot-3 Robinson underwent surgery on his right foot following last season and has been the Panthers’ starting point guard for each of the last two years. He averaged 8.9 points, 5.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game last year as a junior. The 6-6 Jones averaged 8.5 points per game last season and underwent off season surgery on his toe in July.

Pitt’s two fifth-year transfers — Rafael Maia (thumb) and Sterling Smith (foot) — are also expected to be ready for the start of practice at the end of the week according to a source. Maia and Smith played last season at Brown and Coppin State respectively and will be eligible to play this season.

Jamie Dixon’s squad went 19-15 last season and lost to George Washington in the Postseason NIT

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