On Tuesday, the Pitt staff received more tough news as one of its top priorities in the transfer portal, Jayden Gardner, released his final schools list which did not include the Panthers.
— Jayden Gardner (@Jayy_Baller_1) April 6, 2021
Gardner is a 6-foot-7 forward from East Carolina who averaged 18.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season. In his three-year Pirates career, he scored over 1400 points and grabbed over 700 rebounds in total.
While Gardner only knew Pitt assistant coach Milan Brown just over a week ago, he did zoom with the entire staff on Friday night, getting a chance to see what the program and head coach Jeff Capel had to offer.
However, when he released his top five schools list on Tuesday night via Twitter, Pitt had not made the cut. Gardner narrowed his list down to LSU, Arkansas, Virginia, NC State, and Miami, a list including three ACC programs. While Pitt fans will not be seeing Gardner in the blue and gold, they may see him take on the Panthers for one of those in-conference opponents.