Former Pitt guard Josh Newkirk, who is at home rehabbing from his microfracture knee surgery, has decided on a new home for the 2016-17 season: the Indiana Hoosiers.
Newkirk’s father told CBS Sports that Newkirk has committed to Indiana on Sunday.
Newkirk, 21, had announced earlier this month that he intended to transfer from the University of Pittsburgh, but had not announced where he would be playing in the future.
Now, Newkirk, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, will sit out the entirety of the 2015-16 season, as he is required to sit out a season to transfer per NCAA rules.
When the 6-foot-1 guard returns to the court, he will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Hoosiers.
Meanwhile, Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon has settled on his 2015-16 roster. The lone returning starter in the backcourt, senior James Robinson, will be joined junior swingman Chris Jones, who figures to play more shooting guard this season than he did in 2014-15.
The rest of the roster at guard will be graduate transfer Sterling Smith from Coppin State, freshman Damon Wilson, redshirt freshman Cameron Johnson and walk-on senior Mike Lecak.
Pitt’s frontcourt is more settled, with juniors Jamel Artis, Michael Young and Sheldon Jeter all returning at forward. 6-foot-11 transfer Rozelle Nix (Pensacola State) is expected to solidify the team’s center position.
They’ll be joined by graduate transfers Rafael Maia and Alonzo Nelson-Ododa and sophomore Ryan Luther.
Pitt still hasn’t finalized the 2015-16 schedule.
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