Pitt men’s basketball center Peace Ilegomah will transfer from the school, the program announced on Wednesday.
“We support Peace’s decision to continue his academic and athletic career at another institution,” head coach Jeff Capel said in a press release. “We are thankful for his contributions to the Pitt program and wish him well.”
Ilegomah, a native of Benin City, Nigeria, was recruited to Pitt by former head coach Kevin Stallings in 2017 from Montverde CBD in Montverde, Florida. He played in 23 games as a true freshman in 2017-18, averaging 5.8 minutes per game. He finished the season with 16 points, 22 rebounds and 44 personal fouls.
This year, he played in seven of Pitt’s first 10 games, averaging 4.6 minutes per game. He scored six points, grabbed seven rebounds and committed seven fouls.
Ilegomah’s departure will leave the Panthers thin in the post, with just 6-foot-10 sophomore Terrell Brown and 6-foot-9 junior Kene Chukwuka playing at above 6-foot-7. Pitt is also down to 11 scholarship players after entering the season with 12 — one short of the maximum.
If he transfers to another Division I school, Ilegomah will most likely have to sit out a season and will be eligible to play at the midpoint of the 2019-20 season.