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Bryce Golden requests release from Pitt

The 2018 Pitt signee said he wants to “explore other options”

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

After a tumultuous Friday morning for Pitt that saw seven members of the men’s basketball team join Parker Stewart in requesting their release from the program, 2018 Pitt signee Bryce Golden decided to explore his options as well, asking for his own release, according to Rivals.

“With all of the changes happening and all of the players asking for their releases, I just wanted to be able to explore other options,” Golden said.

The 6’9” power forward is considered a three-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports, but ESPN has him pegged as a four-star prospect. He was offered by Clemson, NC State, Xavier, Seton Hall, Maryland, Penn State and Davidson, among others, prior to signing with Pitt in June 2017.

In addition to being Pitt’s top 2018 recruit, Golden was perhaps the most notable player brought in during the Kevin Stallings era, as he was the only player brought in by the coach who was regarded as a four-star talent by any notable recruiting site.

Of course, Friday’s developments are not set in stone, as there’s still a possibility recruits and current players could be drawn back into the fold by a popular hire. However, it appears members of the team may be growing impatient with the process in the interim.