Pitt is in need of a talented veteran point guard and one just became available.
Illinois sophomore Andre Curbelo announced Monday afternoon that he was going to enter the transfer portal.
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— Andre Curbelo (@papicurbelo11) March 28, 2022
It was a rough 2021-22 season on and off the court for Curbelo, so this news comes as no surprise to many.
During an exhibition game for Illinois, Curbelo suffered a concussion against St. Francis and the effects of that sidelined him for nearly two months. Soon after returning on January 17, Curbelo tested positive for COVID-19.
Not surprisingly, Curbelo’s on-court performance suffered as he averaged 7.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 19 games.
In his final game with Illinois, Curbelo was benched in the second half of their NCAA Tournament loss to Houston by head coach Brad Underwood.
Curbelo is a dynamic playmaker and an exciting player and will be looking for a fresh start with a new program. The native of Puerto Rico was a 2020 4-star recruit and rated as the No. 47 overall prospect according to 247 Sports.
After being named the Big 10 6th Man of the Year last season, Curbelo entered this season with a lot of preseason hype. CBS Sports named him the No. 24 overall player in the country and he was named to a couple All-American Watch Lists.
Curbelo will be a nationally pursued player and one team to watch is Kentucky. Orlando Antigua was an assistant at Illinois last year when Curbelo signed there. Since then, Antigua has rejoined John Calipari’s staff at Kentucky.
Despite this connection, look for Jeff Capel and Pitt to also make a play for Curbelo’s services.