NEW YORK — After Pitt’s season-ending loss to Boston College on Tuesday, Pitt head coach Jeff Capel addressed the team’s current roster outlook and confirmed that senior guard Onye Ezeakudo will not return to the program next year.
“We have two open right now, because we will lose ‘O’ and ‘Mo,'” Capel said about the team’s scholarship outlook heading into next season, referring to Ezeakudo and senior forward Mo Gueye, who is out of eligibility. “So that leaves us two. We will see what happens after that.”
Ezeakudo, a senior bioengineering major at Pitt, is set to graduate from the university this year, but was also allowed an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic if he wishes to take advantage. This spring, the former walk-on was put on scholarship by Capel four years after joining the program in Capel’s first year.
Ezeakudo appeared in 31 games for Pitt this year, starting 12 and scoring a total of 67 points. A point guard, Ezeakudo shot 38% from three-point range on the season and averaged just over 18 minutes of action per game. Pitt does not have any recruits committed for the Class of 2022, and Capel suggested on Tuesday that the transfer portal will be a priority for rebuilding the program heading into the offseason.