In an era of college basketball dominated by serial transfers and one-and-done departures for the NBA, Pitt head coach Jeff Capel did a rare bit of planning ahead on Wednesday, when he secured a commitment from Delaware transfer Ithiel Horton.
Horton, a 6-foot-3 guard, played one season with the Blue Hens. In his freshman season, he showed both an outside scoring touch, shooting over 40% from three point range, and a positive assist-to-turnover ratio while making 23 starts.
The Roselle, New Jersey native will have to sit out the 2019–20 season at Pitt before having three seasons of playing eligibility with the Panthers.
It’s the kind of move that Capel is in a unique position to capitalize on. Having transfers that need to sit out doesn’t hurt his Pitt as much because of the number of available scholarships the Panthers still have at this juncture.