UPDATE (12:21 PM)-
Delaware transfer Ithiel Horton tells me he has cut his list to Pitt and Arkansas. Currently visiting Arkansas and recently visited Pitt.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) July 1, 2019
Pitt will be hosting a talented transfer on an unofficial visit this Sunday.
Former Delaware shooting guard Ithiel Horton will be in Pittsburgh tomorrow to talk with Jeff Capel, learn about Pitt and figure out if they could possibly be his new basketball home.
In his freshmen year this past season, Horton averaged 13.2 points/game, shot 40.9 from 3-point range and was leading freshman scorer in the CAA conference.
Horton decided this week that he wanted to play against a higher level of competition announced his intention to transfer from Delaware. Not surprisingly, a number of high level programs reached out including Pitt, Arkansas, George Washington, Marquette, Miami, Minnesota, Northwestern, UCLA, Virginia Tech and Xavier.
What does Horton think about Pitt? Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with him to get his thoughts.
“Coach Capel, his name alone separates him from a lot of coaches in the college game,” said Horton. “He has a rich history and of course his time under Coach K. He’s telling me that he has a plan for me at Pitt. I know that have Xavier and Trey but they could be looking to leave early, maybe, and I’d have a huge opportunity to step into.”
“I’m actually looking forward to sitting out a year and not playing. I’ll be able to use this year to get better and to learn a new system to play under and get adjusted to. If I were to go to Pitt, that’s a major, major step up from Delaware and I’d be willing to take things slowly in order to adjust to it.”
Horton went to high school at the reputable Roselle Catholic in New Jersey and I asked him to describe his playing style to Pitt fans.
”Number one, I’m relentless in everything I do. I have a big heart in everything I do,” said Horton. “I’m a very competitive person and that’s just my nature. In terms of my game, I’m a dead-eye shooter. I’m very athletic, can put the ball on the court and make plays for other people. I play with a lot of heart.”
Despite making the decision to transfer this week, Horton doesn’t plan on taking too much time to decide on his next school.
”I’m looking to commit sometime, I want to say in very early July. I was going to wait until the end but I’m now looking to commit early July,” said Horton.
”After Pitt, I actually have an official to Arkansas and that’s it right now. I’ve kind of cut my schools down to three: Pitt, Arkansas and Virginia Tech.”
Horton will have to sit this upcoming season but will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.