The news surrounding Pitt since the arrival of Jeff Capel has been about who the newly-hired coach is bringing in. On Tuesday, the Panthers got word of an important member of their team staying put.
Junior guard Malik Ellison, who sat out last season after transferring from St. John’s, announced on Instagram that he has decided to remain at Pitt.
“I am excited about the future of Pitt basketball,” Ellison’s picture read. “Coach Capel has been impressive in the short time I have known him and I look forward to playing for him. I believe in his vision for the program and trust that he and his staff will help me reach my full potential on the court. I am ready to get back to work with my teammates and the coaching staff.”
In his two seasons with St. John’s, Ellison averaged 7.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. He was the 189th-best prospect in the Class of 2015, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Had Ellison decided to leave, he would have followed in the footsteps of freshman guard Marcus Carr, who announced his transfer to Minnesota on Monday. Instead, he will join a backcourt that recently added 4-star guard Trey McGowens and 3-star guard Xavier Johnson.
Pitt now has nine official players for the 2018-19 season. The Panthers are still waiting to hear from sophomore forward Kene Chukwuka on whether he will transfer or stay.