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Pitt WBB Receives Commitment from Texas Transfer Forward



Pitt coach Tory Verdi talks with Jasmine Timmerson during a timeout against Georgia Tech on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pittsburgh Sports Now)

The Pitt women’s basketball program landed its fourth transfer commitment of the offseason, and it once again comes from a high-major program.

On Wednesday, 6-foot-4 Texas forward Kha’Dija Faye announced via Instagram that she committed to the Panthers.

Faye spent the past two seasons with the Longhorns in the Big 12 after starting her career with fellow conference member, Texas Tech.

In her senior season with the Longhorns, Faye was a reliable member off the bench as she appeared in 29 games making seven starts while scoring 5.5 points and grabbing 3.5 rebounds per game. She recorded double figures on seven different occasions as Texas went on to post a 33-5 record while winning the Big 12 Championship and making a run to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.

During her junior season, the forward was featured regularly in the starting lineup, making 27 starts in 36 games. She registered 5.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per night as she posted five double-doubles on the season.

Before her time in Austin, she spent her first two years with the Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas.

Her sophomore campaign saw Faye make nine starts in 19 games where she averaged a career-high 6.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest. She also averaged 42.9 percent from the floor before missing the final 10 games of the season due to injury.

In her first season of collegiate basketball, Faye played in 19 games and started the final 15 games of the season as she poured in 5.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting while averaging 4.9 rebounds per game.

The Senegal native missed the first six games of her collegiate career as she represented her home country in the U18 FIBA Afrobasket game in Egypt.

Before stepping to the collegiate ranks, Faye was ranked as the 13th-best center in the class of 2020 of ESPN after finishing off her high school career with Father Lopez Catholic.

For Pitt head coach Tory Verdi and his staff, they have done a strong job in the transfer portal brining in players from other Power 5 programs, which includes guard Mikayla Johnson (Colorado), Brooklynn Miles (Kentucky) and forward MaKayla Elmore (Clemson).

Pitt has retooled its roster after forward Gabby Hutcherson, forward Rapuluchi Ayodele, All-ACC forward Liatu King and guard Jasmine Timmerson entered the transfer portal earlier this year.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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