With their need of adding talent to the roster, the Pitt Panthers continue to be active in reaching out to players in the NCAA transfer portal.
Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that Jeff Capel and the Panthers were one of the first programs to reach out to Cincinnati freshman forward Tari Eason, who entered the portal on Tuesday.
Eason is the biggest of the group of transfers from the Bearcats program. Since the end of the season, six players have decided to leave John Brannen’s program. The 6-foot-8, forward is coming off a season in which he was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Freshman team after averaging 7.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game this season for Cincinnati.
A source tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that Eason is looking to player as a combo forward instead of at center, which he believes will allow him to play more free and open up his game.
Eason arrived at Cincinnati as a four-star recruit from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington and was ranked as one of the Top 50 players in the Class of 2020. Eason also held offers from programs such as USC, Florida, Maryland, Colorado and Washington State.