Pitt point guard Sidy N’Dir will miss four-to-six weeks with a leg injury, the team announced on Monday.
N’Dir, who has backed up and occasionally played alongside freshman point guard Xavier Johnson, appeared to injure his right knee in Pitt’s 78-42 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Saturday.
A graduate transfer from New Mexico State, N’Dir has been a calming influence on Pitt’s three freshman guards as well as a productive player in his own right. Through 11 games, he has averaged 5.5 points and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 42.3 percent and 44.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
“This is an unfortunate injury for Sidy as we felt he was really beginning to get back into form,” head coach Jeff Capel said in a press release. “He will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with this leg injury, but we are confident that with rest and rehab, he will be back as quickly as possible.”
N’Dir is in his final season of NCAA eligibility. He played in parts of three seasons over four years for New Mexico from 2014 to 2018.
His injury, along with the midseason transfers of Peace Ilegomah and Shamiel Stevenson, leave the Panthers with a critical shortage of depth. Pitt came into the season with 12 scholarship players, one under the maximum. They’ll now enter ACC play with just nine available.
Pitt also has three walk-ons in 6-foot-1 guard Curtis Aiken, Jr., 5-foot-10 guard Joe Mascaro and 6-foot-3 guard Anthony Starzynski. Mascaro and Starzynski have played sparingly in each of their two seasons. Aiken is expected to redshirt as a true freshman.
The Panthers will host New Orleans on Thursday and Colgate on Saturday in their final non-conference tune-ups before ACC play begins in January.