Pitt head coach Jeff Capel and his staff have been on the hunt for frontcourt reinforcements for the better part of a year, and on Tuesday, they appeared to make some progress on that front, as they hosted Eric Hamilton, a 6’9”, 250-pound power forward, according to Mike Vukovcan of Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Hamilton most recently played at UNC Greensboro, where he averaged 6.1 points and 4.4 rebounds over 16.3 minutes per game during the 2018-19 season. He appeared in 36 games and started in seven. Prior to that, he played at Wichita State from 2015 to 2017 but filled a less prominent role.
During his high school career, Hamilton was a standout at Duluth High School in Atlanta, where he averaged 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds in his senior season. He then went on to play a post-graduate year at Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas, before heading to nearby Wichita State.
As a graduate transfer, Hamilton will be eligible to play immediately upon his arrival at his next destination. However, he only has one year of eligibility remaining. At Pitt, he would likely play a prominent role, as Terrell Brown is the only player entrenched in the Panthers frontcourt. Kene Chukwuka is expected to miss significant time as he recovers from surgery, leaving incoming freshman Karim Coulibaly as the only other viable frontcourt option on the roster.
Pitt has three open scholarships and remains in the mix for 6'10" power forward Josaphat Bilau and and 6'9" center Nigel John as well.