The offseason for the Pitt men’s basketball team is off to a good start.
Considering the bad luck and fortune of the program over the last few seasons, pessimistic Pitt fans have been anticipating the departure of star forward John Hugley to either the transfer portal or the 2022 NBA Draft but that’s not going to happen.
Monday evening, Hugley released a statement ending any speculation and announced he would be returning to play for Pitt in the 2022-2023 season.
“I am committed to continuing my growth as a person and as a player here at the University of Pittsburgh,” Hugley said. “I love Coach Capel and appreciate how he and the staff have helped me develop over the past two years. I am excited about the process and eager to continue to evolve as a person, player and leader at Pitt.”
The 6-foot-9 sophomore from Cleveland was the most improved player on the Pitt roster and turned into an interior force in the ACC. Hugley averaged a team-high 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds, while shooting 47.1% from the field. These numbers are even more impressive when you consider the attention Hugley received from opposing teams considering Pitt’s lack of any outside threat.
With this news out of the way, Capel will be able to use Hugley’s return as a recruiting tool to try and add players to join him in the Pitt front court along with a multiple guards.