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Pitt Guard Onye Ezeakudo to Move on From Program



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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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2 years ago

I never liked Johnson when he was Pitt’s
point guard, but he would have been a
star throwing the ball into H

2 years ago
Reply to  AMF

I seemed to have cut my self off and to continue- Hugley.However, the latter needs an experienced and smart point guard to instruct him as he does not seem to be a particularly smart player.But that is only the beginning,as the other starters except for Gueye are strictly backup players at the ACC level of play.I did not realize that MO had further eligibility as they could certainly use him .If Pitt fills.the rest of the starting lineup with experienced transfers equipped to make an impact in the ACC, the team may have something going for itself. However , based… Read more »

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