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Pitt forward John Hugley to enter the transfer portal

The Panthers leading scorer from two seasons ago will look for a change of scenery

NCAA Basketball: N.C. State at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Panthers have played above preseason expectations all season long in route to an NCAA tournament appearance. A player that was thought to be a key piece to start the year has decided to enter the transfer portal. John Hugley IV, who has been away from the program to focus on his mental health, has decided to enter the transfer portal as first reported by Joe Tipton of On3 Sports.

Hugley has spent three seasons with the Panthers and will still have three years of eligibility remaining. The former four-star recruit concludes his Pitt career having averaged 12.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

“It is with careful consideration given to my mental and physical health, and after multiple conversations with God, myself and my family, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal,” Hugley posted on Twitter. “I believe God has set forth an amazing path for me and will continue to watch over me on my next journey.”

Pitt is currently slated to have seven scholarship players returning and will bring in three more a part of the 25th-ranked recruiting class according to 24/7 Sports. Hugley will now have the chance at a fresh start that can help him return to the basketball court in a better headspace.