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Despite Rumors, Guard Ithiel Horton Says He’s Staying at Pitt



Ithiel Horton has cleared up a day full of rumors concerning his status with the Pitt basketball team.

Despite social media posts and message board threads speculating that he would be leaving Pitt, Horton announced late this afternoon on Twitter that isn’t the case and he would be returning for the upcoming season.

“We can put this social media rumor to rest,” Horton said in a statement released by the team. I am just getting started here. I have learned a lot and grown as a player in my first year playing at Pitt and competing in the ACC. I am eager to continue and develop with my teammates and coaches as we build this program up.”

After sitting out last season following his transfer from Delaware, Horton had an up and down season with Pitt. Horton was a full-time member of Jeff Capel’s rotation. In 22 games and 26.8 minutes per game, the sophomore guard averaged 8.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, while shooting 38.1% from the field and 37.1% from 3-point range.

Horton’s best offensive games this season came against Syracuse when he scored 20 points and versus Georgia Tech and Miami, when he scored 18 points. In 22 games this season, Horton reached double-digits ten times.

With this news, Pitt will now return at least three solid guards next season in Horton, Feme Odukale and Nike Sibande but Capel will no doubt look to add to the depth at this spot by adding another point guard as well as another shooting guard.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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