The news broke Wednesday afternoon that sophomore center Abdoul Karim Coulibaly was the latest Pitt Panther to enter the NCAA Transfer portal. Coulibaly joins joins Xavier Johnson, Au’Diese Toney, Terrell Brown and Gerald Drumgoole as players that have left the program since the start of the season.
With so many defections, questions have been raised about why so many players are opting to leave Pitt. Unlike the cases with Johnson and Toney, the reason for the news on Wednesday carries with it no backstory or drama.
A source close to Coulibaly told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he wants to be utilized as more of an option in his team’s offense and and doesn’t believe that would be happening in the future at Pitt. Coulibaly has spoken on various occasions with Jeff Capel about the issue but things didn’t change during the season and he didn’t believe they ever would. The 6-foot-8 native of Mali believes that he’s viewed by the coaching staff strictly as a rebounder and defender and wants to be able to showcase his offensive skills more. PSN was told that Coulibaly likes Capel, his coaching staff and his teammates and wanted to be very clear that this wasn’t a personality issue.
PSN has learned that since entering the transfer portal, Coulibaly has already been contacted by the coaching staffs at Marshall, Wichita State, Southern Utah and Bradley. Wherever Coulibaly ends up, he’ll have three seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.