On Friday, a second big piece of the Pitt basketball roster publicly announced that he would be returning for one more season.
Senior guard Jamarius Burton announced Friday on his Instagram page that he’d be back with Pitt for the 2022-23 season. Last week, sophomore John Hugley, the Panthers’ leading scorer this past season, also ended any suspense by committing to return to Capel’s squad.
Burton arrived at Pitt last off-season as a transfer from Texas Tech and established himself as an immediate leader and reliable player for a roster that was lacking those qualities. In 30 games, Burton averaged 12.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 40.5% from the field and 32.9% from 3-point range. All those numbers were new career highs for Burton.
Burton underwent knee surgery close to the start of the season, which forced him to miss the first couple of games and it took him most of the first month to be completely healthy. That’s a big factor that doesn’t get brought up along and further handicapped Pitt depth after already being without Nike Sibande (knee) and Ithiel Horton (suspension).
Burton becomes the fourth player that has publicly stated he is going to be playing for Pitt next season, along with Nelly Cummings, Sibande, and Hugley.