Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stewart Confirms He Will Transfer; Davis Will Stay with Team

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Stewart Confirms He Will Transfer; Davis Will Stay with Team

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It remains to be seen who stays and who goes from the Pitt men's basketball roster this past season, but the first definite departure is sharp-shooting guard Parker Stewart.

Stewart, a 6-foot-5 freshman who averaged 9.1 points per game while shooting a team-best 38.6 percent from 3-point range, announced Friday on Twitter that he will transfer after the firing of Kevin Stallings and hiring of Jeff Capel.

"After weighing my options after the coaching change, I have decided that I will transfer from Pitt," Stewart said. "I wish my teammates the best of luck and I will always support them. Also, I think Coach Capel is a great coach and will lead them down the right path. Thanks for everything."

Capel, who has said he hopes to keep as many players as possible, also got a measure of good news Friday. Khameron Davis, another freshman wing who started 23 games last season, confirmed via Twitter that he will stick around for his sophomore year.

"Coach Capel has a great vision for our future and I am ready to go to work with him and my teammates!" tweeted Davis, a 6-4 Denver native Stallings and his staff unearthed last summer.

Davis scored a career-high 12 points in an overtime win against Mount St. Mary's, but was praised more for his length, athleticism and his defense. He scored just 4.0 points per game for the season, but also 2.8 rebounds and averaged just 3.5 field-goal attempts in 24 minutes a game.

The status of Stewart was up in the air since Stallings was dismissed March 8, but he attended Capel's first news conference March 28 along with the rest of the team. His father, Anthony, who's the head coach at Division I Tennessee-Martin, released a vague statement the next day essentially reiterating that his son was still on the fence.

"Parker's next coach will not be chosen for him," Anthony Stewart posted on Twitter. …

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