Pitt wing Au’Diese Toney will sit out the rest of the season and enter the transfer portal, the program announced on Thursday, the second player in as many days to leave the team.
Head coach Jeff Capel said Toney’s departure, similar to Johnson’s was through mutual agreement between the player and the team.
“We have come to the mutual agreement that Au’Diese will be leaving the Pitt Men’s Basketball program effective immediately,” said Capel. “We appreciate his efforts the past three seasons in our program and wish him well as he looks to continue to grow on and off the court.”
Johnson and Toney were two of Capel’s three original recruits to the program, along with guard Trey McGowens, who transferred to Nebraska before the 2020-21 season.
Toney had developed into a leader on the team and one of its most productive players. He was second on the team with 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Capel emphasized Toney’s importance after he missed the team’s last game against Florida State on Saturday.
“We missed him,” Capel said. “It’s our second-leading scorer, second-leading rebounder, second in assists, he’s our best defender. He’s also one of the guys that we have that has experience, and he’s played well against Florida State. So we missed that. Big loss for us. But the guys stepped up and played well and gave us a chance to win.”
To replace Toney in the starting lineup, Capel utilized senior Miami (Ohio) transfer Nike Sibande against Florida State and Sibande responded with a season-best 12-point performance. Freshmen Will Jeffress and Noah Collier could also be options.