Pitt guard Aysia Bugg has had her waiver approved for a sixth season of college basketball by the NCAA, Panthers coach Lance White told Pittsburgh Sports Now on Wednesday.
Bugg played in just five games in the 2018-19 season before being sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with blood clots. White said that Bugg is in the final steps of being cleared to play and should be able to resume working with the team this summer. She missed the entire 2017-18 season with an ACL injury.
As a junior in 2016-17, Bugg started 27 games and averaged 7.1 points and 3.4 assists per game. She has played in 97 games and made 92 starts in her Pitt career and has scored 713 career points and dished out 308 assists.
“I think that gives us the senior leadership,” White said. “I couldn’t be more excited to have her lead this group.”
Pitt is slated to have just two seniors in 2019-20, both in the backcourt, where Bugg will join Jasmine Whitney, who replaced her on the floor for much of the last two seasons.
A Chicago native, Bugg matriculated to Pitt from Bollingbrook High School in 2014. She will turn 24 before her final season with the Panthers and has been at Pitt longer than all of the women’s basketball staff, athletic director Heather Lyke and all but two of the school’s Division I head coaches. Bugg has been in Pittsburgh longer than all but a dozen of the city’s professional athletes.