The Pitt Panthers have landed commitments on back to back days.
A day after getting a commitment from Oakland University forward Dan Oladapo, Jeff Capel adds a veteran guard to his rotation as former Texas Teach guard Jamarius Burton commits Tuesday night to the Panthers.
Burton (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) transferred to Texas Tech last season from Wichita State but struggled to find a consist role with the Red Raiders. In 23 games, Burton averaged 19 minutes and 4.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Prior to that at Wichita State, Burton averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, while shooting 38.1% from 3-point range.
Pitt tried to land Burton last season following the transfer of Ryan Murphy but he selected Wichita State over Ohio State, Marquette, Xavier and Seton Hall.
A source tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that the Panthers plan on using Burton with Femi Odukale at times, to give them a big, physical backcourt, as well as to spell Odukale at the point. The native of Charlotte, North Carolina is a muscular guard that will bring a toughness to the Panthers team along with a winner, playing in the NCAA Tournament with Texas Tech this spring and in the NIT with Wichita State as a freshman.
Burton is the third new addition to the Pitt lineup for 2021-22, joining Oladapo and freshman forward Nate Santos.