Former Pitt guard Trey McGowens will be suiting up for his new team this fall, even while Pitt’s transfer acquisition must sit out.
McGowens learned on Monday that the NCAA had approved his request for the waiver of his year in residency after his transfer from Pitt to Nebraska this offseason.
The NCAA has been extremely liberal in granting such requests this season, with only four players being denied their wavier since the end of the 2019-20 season.
But one of those players has been guard Nike Sibande, who transferred to Pitt from Miami (Ohio). Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that Sibande’s waiver was not approved in part because the RedHawks contested the request. He plans to appeal that decision.
McGowens, a Pendleton, S.C. native, started 64 games for Pitt at shooting guard over two seasons with the Panthers and averaged 11.6 points per game as one of their most consistent scorers.
McGowens told PSN that he wanted to play more point guard than he did at Pitt and that was the driving factor in his decision to transfer.
Sibande hoped to help replaced McGowens in Pitt’s rotation, along with incoming freshman Femi Odukale and now-eligible Delaware transfer Ithiel Horton. Sibande, a 6-foot-4 Indianapolis native, averaged 15.1 points per game while making 94 starts over the last three seasons with Miami.
If his eligibility waiver appeal is denied, Sibande will have to sit out the 2020-21 season before playing his final season of eligibility in 2021-22.