On Thursday, Jeff Capel announced that incoming transfer guard Jamarius Burton had been granted immediate eligibility and will be able to play this season for Pitt.
“We filed the waiver for Jamarius, and it has been granted, so he is eligible,” Capel said on Thursday. “I think he has a chance to be, we want him and need him to be a really good player. I think he has tremendous leadership qualities, he’s come from two really outstanding programs that have won, that have been in the postseason each year. Both of the programs, Wichita State and Texas Tech, they embody toughness, togetherness, and things like that, and hopefully, those are the things that, being an older guy, he can help instill here in our program.”
In his sophomore year at Wichita State, the 6-foot-4 guard Burton averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He then went on to play a smaller role at Texas Tech last season, but later decided to transfer to the Panthers.
“I just felt like we had great conversations and their plan for me was clear,” Burton told Pittsburgh Sports Now about why he chose Pitt back on April 20. “We talked about how they plan on me fitting into their program and their system. And then just the relationship was great. They recruited me last year out of Wichita State, so we had great conversations back then. It just didn’t align then. But when they came knocking this time, I couldn’t turn it down.”
With the clearance of Burton, all players on the Panthers roster will now be eligible to play this season.