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Pitt WBB Picks Up Commitment from Kentucky Transfer G

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Pitt guard Amiya Jenkins.

Tory Verdi and Pitt women’s basketball has hit the transfer portal hard this spring and the results show with a second transfer from Kentucky.

Amiya Jenkins — a 5-foot-10 sophomore transfer guard from Kentucky — announced Monday afternoon that she’s committed to Pitt, via Instagram. She’s the fifth commitment for Verdi and the Panthers this offseason.

“I’m headed to Pittsburgh, PA,” she wrote on Instagram.

Jenkins, who is originally from Lexington, Ky, spent two seasons at Kentucky and was elevated to a starter during her sophomore season.

Jenkins started 17 of 26 games played last season, averaging 7.5 points and 3.3 rebounds on 41/32/68 shooting splits. She went off for a career-high 20 points, on 9-of-11 shooting, last season against Lipscomb and recorded eight games with double-digit points, three games of 15+ points and one 20-point outing.

Kentucky changed coaches over the offseason, hiring former Virginia Tech head coach Kenny Brooks, and Jenkins was one of nine Wildcats to hit the portal.

Jenkins initially arrived at Kentucky as a highly-touted four-star recruit, picking the Wildcats over Penn State, Tennessee, Rutgers and Virginia Tech, and she was named Miss Kentucky Basketball following her senior season at Anderson County High.

Returning guards Aislin Malcolm, Bella Perkins and Marley Washenitz form a nucleus for Verdi and the coaching staff to build around. The Panthers need more scoring from their guards going forward.

Pitt had to bring in some talent from the portal after losing forward Gabby Hutcherson, forward Rapuluchi Ayodele, All-ACC forward Liatu King and guard Jasmine Timmerson to the portal.

The retooling has included commitments from Jenkins, Texas transfer forward Kha’Dija Faye, Colorado transfer guard Mikayla Johnson, Kentucky transfer guard Brooklynn Miles and Clemson transfer forward MaKayla Elmore.

Verdi and his staff will continue to pursue the portal after an 8-24 (2-16 ACC) season in what was the head coach’s first year with the Panthers.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Dan
Dan
1 month ago

Now get a center and we’re good!

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