A report of yet another player that’s been contacted by Jeff Capel and the Pitt Panthers.
According to Dushawn London of 247 Sports, Pitt has been one of the many programs that have made early contact with Ball State transfer Payton Sparks.
Sparks is a 6’9″, 240-pound forward that had an impressive freshman season. In 31 games, Sparks averaged 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 28.5 minutes per game, which earned him the honor of being named the MAC Freshman of the Year. Sparks is a physical player in the paint, which led him to get fouled a lot. In fact, he attempted 202 free throws, which was 14th most in D-1 men’s basketball.
Since entering the transfer portal a few days ago, Sparks tells London that he’s heard from Pitt, Virginia, Oklahoma, Indiana, Illinois, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Loyola Chicago and West Virginia.
Sparks decided to transfer following the firing of Ball State head coach James Whitford.