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Delaware transfer Ithiel Horton set for visit to Pitt

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NCAA Basketball: Delaware at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Capel and the Pitt coaching staff are set to host Delaware shooting guard Ithiel Horton for an unofficial visit on Sunday. Horton entered the transfer portal on Thursday afternoon, and within a day, he had drawn interest from seven Power Five programs as well as several others.

Horton is a rising sophomore who averaged 13.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game with the Blue Hens in the 2018-19 season while shooting 40.9 percent from three-point range. He also led all freshmen in scoring in the Colonial Athletic Association.

”If I were to go to Pitt, that’s a major, major step up from Delaware,” Horton told Mike Vukovcan of Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I know that they have Xavier [Johnson] and Trey [McGowens], but they could be looking to leave early, maybe, and I’d have a huge opportunity to step into.”

While the former Roselle Catholic standout seems enthusiastic about his visit to Pitt, and Capel and his staff are, indeed, in good standing with him, they do face some competition for his services. Specifically, Horton said that he’s down to Pitt and two other schools, including one he plans on visiting soon.

”After Pitt, I actually have an official to Arkansas, and that’s it right now,” Horton said. “I’ve kind of cut my schools down to three: Pitt, Arkansas and Virginia Tech.”

Wherever Horton ultimately ends up, he will have to sit out one season and will then be eligible for three more years.