Pitt got their first transfer of the offseason Tuesday night in Ohio State forward Gabby Hutcherson, which she announced via her Instagram page.
Hutcherson is a 6-foot-2 incoming junior who played in 36 games over the past two seasons at Ohio State with no starts. She averaged 3.3 points a game, 39.1% shooting from the field, 35% from 3-point range, and 2.2 rebounds per game over those two seasons.
Hutcherson joined the Buckeyes as a five-star recruit and No. 12 in the nation in the 2020 class according to Prospect Nation.
The transfer of Hutcherson is the second player this week and third in a month’s time to join Pitt head coach Lance White’s team. Wing Avery “Ace” Strickland committed to the team on Monday and guard Marley Washenitz committed in late March to the program, both of which were West Virginia decommits.
The addition of Hutcherson to the Panthers makes her the fourth forward on the team and the second tallest as well. With the losses of center Rita Igbokwe and forward Tracey Hueston to the transfer portal, Hutcherson has the opportunity to make a name for herself on this team and earn starting minutes come next season starting at either the power forward or center position.
As a whole, Pitt now has nine returning players, three in their class of 2022 with local, Chartiers-Valley guard Aislin Malcolm, who is a top 100 player in the ESPN HoopGurlz recruiting rankings joining Strickland and Washenitz and a transfer in Hutcherson, giving them 13 players overall. White is likely still pursuing another big in the transfer portal and if he is able to get another tall forward or center this offseason, he will deem this offseason a success.