I think everyone knew Isiah Epps was going to transfer barely a few weeks into the season. Heck, I think there were some who thought he might go after his redshirt season. Well, now the official statement has been made.
Dixon issued a statement and said Epps is transferring for family reasons.
“We have been in constant communication with Isaiah regarding his family’s well-being,” Dixon said. “We believe that it is best for Isaiah to be close to home and we will assist him in finding the best possible situation to reach his goals — both academically and athletically.”
Epps could not be reached.
Unfortunately Epps struggled with both academic and athletic issues even before getting to Pitt.
When Epps committed he was supposed to be a really good get for Pitt. A 4-star, top-50 point guard. Extremely confident — making an ill-fated boast that he would be a one-and-done player — that people were very high on.
Unfortunately, he never developed to what appeared his potential as a rising junior. His extra year in prep school did little to advance his basketball skills (or get him focused on academics — he actually had to do summer work on top of things before even enrolling at Pitt).
Some players slip in rankings between their junior and senior year for various reasons, mostly other players really improve and pass others. Isiah Epps, though, was something else. He clearly regressed. His confidence was always lacking. His skill that was touted — missing. To the point where he looks like a role player on a NEC team. Hopefully he can find some what he once had, finish his college career with some pride, but most importantly get his degree.
Pitt Script also has a write-up on the Epps departure and breaks down the scholarship situation for Pitt. Along with some really useful charts in seeing the depth chart and future scholarship status.