Connecticut center Josh Carlton has transferred to Houston, he announced via his Instagram page, picking the Cougars over fellow finalists East Carolina Pitt and Wake Forest.
A 6-foot-11, 240-pound center, Carlton played four seasons at UConn and will have one season of eligibility remaining with Houston thanks to the blanket eligibility waiver for the 2020-21 season.
Pitt was a somewhat surprising addition to the list of finalists for Carlton, after not having had much public contact with the Winterville, North Carolina native.
But the Panthers do need big men, with only sophomores Max Amadasun at center and Noah Collier at forward listed at 6-foot-8 or above on the team’s current roster.
Pitt’s roster crunch in the paint came after the suspension of freshman John Hugley for the second half of the 2020-21 season. His future with the team remains uncertain. Following the season, Terrell Brown and Abdoul Karim Coulibaly — the other two starting No. 5 men for the Panthers his past season — transferred to San Diego and St. Bonaventure, respectively.
Head coach Jeff Capel remains active in recruiting both transfers and high school seniors, and the Panthers are expected to be one of the finalists when five-star Class of 2021 center Efton Reid commits on April 15.