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J.J. Richardson to transfer

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The Panthers are down to one J.J.

Pitt reserve forward/center J.J. Richardson has opted to transfer and was granted a full release from his scholarship.

Richardson, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound sophomore from Missouri City, Texas, said he wants to be nearer to his hometown of Houston.

“I am looking for an opportunity to move closer to my family,” Richardson said in a statement. “I want to thank everyone at Pitt, including my coaches, teammates, fans and those associated with the program. It was a great two years and I wish everyone well. I’m very thankful for everything that Pitt has done for me.”

Richardson averaged 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds per game in 23 games played for Pitt in 2010-11. In his two-year career, he has seen action in 45 games, scored 43 points and grabbed 41 rebounds.

 “We will assist J.J. in finding the best situation for him to reach his goals both academically and athletically,” coach Jamie Dixon said in a statement. “He’s a great kid, hard worker and good player. We thank J.J. for his contribution to our program over the last two years and wish him much success in the future.”

Richardson’s decision to transfer means Pitt will no longer be over the scholarship limit of 13. Jaylen Bond, a 2011 recruit, announced last month that he would be going to prep school next season.

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