After having felony charges against him dropped in court on Thursday morning, forward John Hugley will return to the Pitt basketball program for the upcoming 2021-22 season, a source close to the team told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Appearing in court on Thursday for the first time since he was charged in January in connection with a vehicle stolen from near Pitt’s campus last July, Hugley had two charges of criminal conspiracy and one charge of receiving property dropped by prosecutors in exchange for one charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a second-degree misdemeanor.
Hugley will be eligible for ARD for the final charge, and it will be wiped from is record if he completes the program. Hugley’s attorney Frank Walker said after the hearing that his client made a “bad decision,” but was taking responsibility for his actions.
A 6-foot-9 freshman and four-star prospect out of Brush High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Hugley played in seven games and made one starts last season for Pitt. He scored 36 points and grabbed 30 rebounds while averaging 14.9 minutes per game.
Pitt had significant difficulty in replacing Hugley on the floor after his mid-season suspension in January. Abdoul Karim Coulibaly and Terrell Brown, who both played increased minutes after Hugley’s suspension last season, have both transferred from the team.
Pitt head coach Jeff Capel targeted five-star Class of 2021 center prospect Efton Reid, but Reid chose LSU over Pitt and others on Sunday.