Following the dismissal of Kevin Stallings, freshman guard Parker Stewart was the first player to request a release from his Pitt scholarship. Friday, Stewart became the first player to officially announce that he will transfer from Pitt.
Friday afternoon, Stewart released the following statement on Twitter:
“After weighing my options after the coaching change, I have decided that I will transfer from Pitt. I wish my teammates the best of luck and I will always support them. Also, I think Coach Capel is a great coach and will lead them down the right path. Thanks for everything.”
Last season, Stewart averaged nine points per game, shot 38.6 percent from 3-point range and was the Panthers top outside threat.
Stewart’s game improved as the season went into conference play where he averaged close to 11 points per game and shot 42 percent from behind the arc.
With this decision final, Capel now has three available scholarships to use for the Class of 2018. Obviously, that would change if any of the other players that have requested a release end up transferring.
Less than an hour after Stewart made his decision, so did Khameron Davis.
Davis also made his decision on Twitter and said he’s re-committing to Pitt and Jeff Capel.
”Excited to announce my decision to remain a member of the Pitt basketball program. Coach Capel has a great vision for our futures and I am ready to work with him and my teammates.”
Davis was the member of the team that off the record told PSN that he would be returning but wanted to announce the decision himself.
Davis proved last season that he was an excellent defender and is a versatile player that will prove to be valuable to Capel.
With this decision, three players have publicly committed to returning next season, Davis, Jared Wilson-Frame and Shamiel Stevenson.
Point guard Marcus Carr is the player receiving the most interest from other programs.