This week, Lance White’s program lost a player to transfer but added a newcomer to the program as well.
Junior guard Kyla Nelson announced her intentions to transfer from Pitt and then late Thursday night, Pittsburgh Sports Now was informed of a big addition to the Pitt women’s team.
New Mexico sophomore guard Jayla Everett has decided to transfer to Pitt. Prior to committing to New Mexico, Everett was the Missouri High School Player of the Year and signed with them as a Top 100 recruit in the country.
Everett went on to being named the 2018-19 Mountain West Freshman of the Year, averaging 12.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game and set a program record for points by a freshman (417). Prior to announcing her intentions to transfer this season, Everett was averaging 13.5 points a game.
It was reported that Everett had issues with New Mexico head coach Mike Bradbury that weren’t going to be resolved so it was a mutual decision for her to transfer from the program. At the time of her departure, Bradbury released this statement:
“Jayla Everett has entered the transfer portal and will no longer be a part of the team moving forward. After having a talk with Jayla, we have decided that this is the best course for both sides. I continue to fully support Jayla as I always have and wish her well in the future.”
In terms of her eligibility at Pitt, Everett left New Mexico mid-year so it’s believed she will be eligible to play the second semester. However, the NCAA is still deciding on the one-time transfer ruling for all athletes and if passed, Everett would be eligible immediately at Pitt.
White struck gold last year bringing in Juco All-American Gabbie Green from South Plains College, who started every game for the Panthers this past season.