Pitt head basketball coach Jamie Dixon announced Thursday evening that sophomore center Malcolm Gilbert has decided to transfer due to family-related reasons.
“Malcolm has asked for his release and has informed me that he wants to play with his brother,” Dixon said. “He’s a great kid, hard worker and good player. We thank Malcolm for his contribution to our program over the last year and a half and wish him much success in the future.”
Gilbert, a 6-foot-11-inch, 235-pound center, was redshirting the 2012-13 season. Last year during his true freshman season at Pitt, he saw action in 19 contests and 93 minutes. Gilbert averaged 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds per game.
He is the second player to transfer off the team, joining fellow classmate John Johnson who left the team after the season-opener. He has transferred to Penn State where he will be eligible to play beginning December of 2013. Khem Birch, also a member of that class, left the program in December of 2011. He is now playing at UNLV.
That leaves redshirt freshman Durand Johnson as the lone remaining member of that class. Johnson has played in 12 games this season, averaging 3.6 points a game in 10.9 minutes a game.