On Monday it was announced that Walter Pitchford decided to forego his final season of eligibility at Nebraska to simply focus on completing his degree. Over the course of three days there was a change of heart apparently, as Pitchford has instead decided to try his hand at the professional ranks with this decision being made public on Thursday.
Pitchford, like many of his teammates, went through a frustrating 2014-15 season in which Nebraska entered with hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament only to finish below .500. The 6-foot-10 Pitchford, who began his college career at Florida, averaged 7.2 points per game as a redshirt junior.
When asked about the 180-degree flip, Pitchford politely declined further comment Thursday afternoon beyond a statement his mother provided to The Omaha World-Herald on his behalf:
“I have put my frustration of the past year aside and will do what is in my best interest in life. Basketball is my life. I will be pursuing my lifelong goal of playing professional basketball and will be entering into the 2015 NBA draft.”
Pitchford isn’t ranked among DraftExpress.com’s top 100 prospects, and he also isn’t on the list of the top 100 players in the junior class, so his prospects of being an NBA Draft pick are likely slim. But declaring for the draft can get Pitchford looks from teams in other leagues across the world.
As for Nebraska, they’re still waiting to see what Terran Petteway decides to do regarding next season. Petteway began his college career at Texas Tech before transferring to Nebraska, and he has a final season of eligibility available to him.