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Pitt Forward Samson George to Walk on Senior Night

Pitt Forward Samson George to Walk on Senior Night

Pitt forward Samson George will be honored during the program’s senior night festivities on Wednesday, signaling the end of his Pitt career.

George will have one season of ACC eligibility remaining if he decides to transfer to another institution.

George arrived at Pitt as a member of Kevin Stallings lone recruiting class in 2017 and choose to remain with the program despite the coaching change.

Over the last two seasons, George has only played in a total of 10 games, with all of the playing time being late in the second half of the games.

With no real prospects of gaining more playing time next season, George has decided to walk tomorrow night in Pitt’s Senior Night ceremonies despite having another season of eligibility remaining.

George’s decision is similar to that of senior Kene Chukwuka, who will also be honored Wednesday night despite having the chance to use a redshirt season in 2020-21. Chukwuka, who was another member of Stallings’ 2017 recruiting class, has missed the entire season with a hip injury.

A Minna, Nigeria native, George signed with Pitt after attending First Love Academy (Washington, Pa.), where he averaged 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds during his senior season.

George leaving a year early frees up a scholarship for Jeff Capel to use for the recruiting Class of 2020. Counting the additions of John Hugley, Noah Collier and Max Amadasun, Pitt is currently right at the 13 scholarship limit.

Pitt is still actively recruiting Erie small forward Will Jeffress and point guard Femi Odukale, so there may be more departures before Capel is done singing the Class of 2020.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Connor McKeel
Connor McKeel
5 months ago

I’m counting 9 scholarship guys for 20-21. Adding the 3 current commits obviously would be 12. Who am I missing? Is there a list floating around anywhere?

Alan Saunders
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5 months ago
Reply to  Connor McKeel

Your count is right. 12 guys for next year as of right now.

ThearinW
ThearinW
5 months ago

Is he graduating or leaving the school? I had been hoping he would have the credits to graduate.

Alan Saunders
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  ThearinW

Don’t know.

Tim Fehl
Tim Fehl
5 months ago

If they are both graduating why would they have to forfeit their redshirt? Wouldn’t they be grad transfers and maintain 2 years of eligibility? Also congratulations to both young men, for taking advantage of the opportunity to gain a quality education. Sometimes I think we forget athletic achievement isn’t all it’s about. Wish them the best.

Alan Saunders
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Tim Fehl

George has not redshirted. He played this season, his third season of eligibility. He was one left.

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