Pitt lost its starting point guard for the remainder of the season and beyond on Wednesday, as Xavier Johnson will enter the NCAA transfer portal and leave the Pitt program, according to an announcement from Pitt head coach Jeff Capel. As a result, Johnson will not participate in any of the games remaining on Pitt’s schedule.
“The Pitt men’s basketball program and Xavier Johnson have mutually agreed that it is in everyone’s best interest to part ways,” Capel said in a statement. “He will enter then transfer portal and is no longer a member of our program. We wish him the best of luck as he looks to continue his career elsewhere.”
The move comes with Pitt sitting at 9-9 on the season, and it deals a serious blow to the team’s depth as it fights to post its first winning record since 2016. Now, with Johnson no longer on the roster, Femi Odukale is expected to claim the majority of his minutes. However, the move may also see Nike Sibande take the court more often with Pitt in need of added backcourt depth in Johnson’s absence.