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Basketball transfer Jamarius Burton receives immediate eligibility

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Pitt men’s basketball team will have many new faces this coming year. One of those is Texas Tech transfer Jamarius Burton.

The Panthers got some good news this week in that Burton will be eligible immediately and able to play this fall after receiving a transfer waiver from the NCAA. Head coach Jeff Capel announced the news on Thursday. Because Burton had transferred once in his career already (going from Wichita State to Texas Tech), he needed the special waiver to be able to play immediately.

Burton’s experience will be helpful but his exact role isn’t yet clear, either — even for a team needing the help.

Burton did not make much of an impact at Texas Tech last year, averaging a career-low 4.3 points per game while shooting only 40.4% from the field. The 19 minutes per game that he played was also a career-low. How much he can contribute on this team remains a big question.

Still, he gives the Panthers another alternative and with all of the production lost from last year’s team with the departures of Justin Champagnie, Xavier Johnson, and Au’Diese Toney, the program needs as many options as possible.

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