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March 14, 2017

Who Are These Guys?

Filed under: Basketball,Recruiting,Transfer — Chas @ 5:17 pm

That will be the question Cam Johnson, Ryan Luther and Pitt fans will be asking. The Pitt basketball roster continues to, um, evolve.

Freshman Corey Manigault and sophomore Crisshawn Clark will transfer out of the University of Pittsburgh basketball program school officials announced Tuesday. Both players are expected to finish the spring semester and leave the school in good academic standing.

“We wish Corey and Crisshawn the best of luck as they look to continue their collegiate careers elsewhere,” said head coach Kevin Stallings. “We will continue to support both of them through their impending transfers.”

Neither one is a shock.

Clark suffered a season ending injury in preseason, the same knee that had been injured before, and early reports suggested his playing days were done. He hasn’t given up, but Coach Stallings clearly didn’t think he will be the same.

Manigault has been rumored to be looking to leave for nearly a month. He was not redshirted — even though it was obvious from the beginning that he should. Instead, he was mostly inserted in garbage time or for maybe a minute or so around timeouts to give Mike Young a breather.

Losing Manigault bothers me a bit more, because I do think he is the type of player that will develop into a very good player in time. I don’t know if the coaching staff doesn’t see it that way, or if he just doesn’t have faith in the coaches.

As it stands, despite a recruiting class with seven players, Pitt has room for one more assuming Zach Smith is returned to walk-on status. For now.

Rumors are still out there that at least one more guard could be on the way out.

So, um, spring practice for football is about to start. Yay?

I blame both Dixon and Barnes.

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 03.16.17 @ 7:12 pm

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