As the transfer portal fills up more and more each day with the additions of talented prospects from around the country looking for a new home, the entire landscape of college basketball has changed.
Pitt has been one of the hardest hit programs in the entire nation, losing five of its players to the portal. However, with a historic number of options to choose from, Jeff Capel and his staff can certainly still strike gold in the portal and bring Pitt back to national relevance.
Here is a list of players that were once offered by Pitt (not all in Capel’s tenure) who are now in the transfer portal.
Lander is an Indiana transfer, played a minimal role there this year after coming into the season one of the highest ranked recruits in recent history for the Hoosiers. Capel and Pitt offered him on Jan. 13, 2020 during his last season of high school before he chose Indiana. He is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard, appeared in 26 games off the bench, averaged 2.1 points, 1.2 assists, and 0.8 rebounds.
A 6-foot-3, 203-pound guard, Locke entered the portal recently after three solid years playing for Florida. Pitt offered him all the way back on May 1, 2017. In his time with the Gators, Locke averaged 10.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He shot 40% from three-point range in his Florida career as well as 76% from the free-throw line.
Farrakhan, a former three-star recruit out of the Patrick School in New Jersey, entered the portal recently after his freshman season at East Carolina. Pitt offered him back on July 6, 2017. He is a 6-foot-2, 170 pound guard who’s flashiness, quickness, and craftiness earned him national spotlight and social media fame during high school. However, he failed to make a huge impact at East Carolina, averaging just three points and one assist per game in 12 appearances.
Brakefield is a former four-star power forward prospect out of Huntington Prep who recently opted to enter the portal after his freshman year at Duke. Pitt originally offered the 6-foot-8, 216-pound big man on May 22, 2019 prior to his commitment to Duke. For the Blue Devils, he averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 22 appearances, including two starts. He will be a big-time name in the portal for many teams all over the country, including Pitt.
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A former three-star prospect, Smith recently entered the portal after two seasons at SMU. He stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 185 pounds, with a solid build for a guard. The Atlanta native was offered by Pitt on Jan. 12, 2018, and at the time was one of the top 60 juniors in the entire nation. From his freshman to his sophomore season at SMU, he increased his averages from 1.3 to 5.2 points and 0.5 to 1.4 rebounds per game.
Collum is a 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward who recently entered the portal after two years at Ole Miss. Pitt originally offered Collum on November 28, 2017. After averaging over ten minutes per game in his freshman season for the Rebels, his minutes average went down to just 3.9 minutes a game this season. The small forward was a three-star prospect in high school and held offers from Pitt, Miami, Illinois, Florida State, and many more.
Flagg enters the portal after three seasons at Texas A&M. Pitt offered Flagg all the way back in April of 2016. For the Aggies, the 6-foot-7, 223-pound forward averaged 10.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game during his senior season. The former four-star, top-60 prospect held offers from Baylor, Florida, Maryland, Louisville, Texas, and more coming out of high school.
Gantt is a former four-star prospect who Pitt offered back in 2018. He recently entered the portal after two seasons at Providence under Ed Cooley, where he averaged four points and 3.1 rebounds during his sophomore season. A player with lots of untapped potential, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Gantt got stuck in a crowded room of talented scorers for the Friars, prompting his transfer.
Igiehon recently entered the portal after two years at Louisville. The Ireland native was once a top target for the Panthers after Capel offered him back in April of 2018. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound physical specimen was derailed by a shoulder injury in his freshman season with the Cardinals, and in his sophomore year did not produce much either. In his time at Louisville, he averaged 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds per game and made just 18 total appearances in a Cardinal uniform.
Sy is certainly one of the most coveted prospects in the portal after deciding to transfer from Ole Miss. The 6-foot-10, 238-pound forward once had Pitt in his top three schools, before ultimately choosing the Rebels. In two seasons in Oxford, Sy averaged 7.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game making all but two of his 31 starts in his freshman season. His numbers took a hit in his sophomore season, but the potential is still there for the former three-star from Senegal.
Timberlake is a 6-foot-6, 215-pound guard from Washington D.C. who recently entered his name into the portal after one season at Miami. Due to injury, Timberlake only played in seven games for the Hurricanes this year, but averaged a solid 9.3 points, five rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. In his high school recruitment process, Timberlake included Pitt in his top seven before ultimately choosing Miami.
Yetna is a 6-foot-8, 234-pound forward who is transferring from South Florida. The Paris, France native contributed solid minutes this season for the Bulls while averaging 9.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. He originally picked up a Pitt offer almost five years ago, back on May 2, 2016. One of the top rebounders in the AAC in his time at South Florida, Yetna will be a highly-touted get for any program that is in need of a big.
Standing at 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, Wheeler is one of the more intriguing prospects in the portal. The former Purdue Boilermaker averaged 3.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for Matt Painter’s team this season. The former three-star prospect was offered by Kevin Stallings and Pitt back in May of 2016. While playing a minimal role in each of his three seasons in West Lafayette, the athletic Wheeler is now looking for a fresh opportunity.
Wahab is a 6-foot-11, 237-pound center that entered the portal after he recently made a massive impact for Big East tournament champions Georgetown. Prior to committing to the Hoyas, Wahab included Pitt in his top schools list back in early 2019. The Nigeria native played his high school ball at Flint Hill in Pennsylvania and was a top-150 player during his recruitment. This season at Georgetown, he averaged 12.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, while also blocking 71 shots.