Pitt guard Onye Ezeakudo got some big news on Thursday, as the senior guard found out that he was placed on scholarship for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
Ezeakudo, is a Fort Wayne, Indiana native that has been with the Panthers since 2018, and quickly found himself to be trusted by head coach Jeff Capel when the Panthers’ bench ran thin at guard over the years.
He appeared in 13 games in 2019-20, despite missing the end of the season with an injury, and made his first career start in 2020-21. This season, with Ithiel Horton in and out of the lineup and Jamarius Burton and Nike Sibande sideline by injuries, Ezeakudo has stepped up into an even larger role. Ezeakudo has played in 16 games and made three starts.
On Thursday, the role he’s been given aligned with his scholarship status, as Capel used his vacant scholarship on the walk-on guard.
Ezeakudo gave the news to his mother, Patricia, in a video posted by the program to Twitter.
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Ezeakudo is in his four season with the Panthers and has one year of eligibility remaining. Pitt is now at the maximum of 13 scholarship players.