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Pitt Basketball: J.J. Richardson Appears Headed To Houston

Pitt found itself in a bind when it was over the scholarship limit earlier this year. That problem was resolved when forward-center J.J. Richardson decided to transfer and look elsewhere.

That elsewhere now appears to be the University of Houston.


FOX in Houston says, that Richardson has given a verbal to the Houston Cougars.

That news was also according to a Houston Chronicle blogger:

J.J. Richardson is coming back home.

The Hightower product, who has spent the last two seasons at Big East power Pittsburgh, committed to the Houston  on Friday night and will transfer to UH according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Richardson, who is 6-7, 235, is a back-to-the-basket power forward and will add some post presence to the Cougars starting in 2012-13. Per NCAA transfer rules, Richardson must sit out a season.

Nothing's been confirmed by the school yet, but it looks like Richardson has found a home.

He should obviously be able to compete for playing time right away. The team has no player on its roster listed as a center, but they do have two junior forwards in 6'9" Kirk Van Slyke and 6'7" Kendrick Washington who will probably pose the biggest threat to Richardson in 2012 when he's eligible to play (in addition to any incoming freshman, obviously).