University of Pittsburgh Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon announced Friday that sophomore forward J.J. Richardson (Missouri City, Texas/Fort Bend Hightower H.S.) has decided to transfer and has been granted a full release from his scholarship.
"We will assist J.J. in finding the best situation for him to reach his goals both academically and athletically," Dixon said. "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."
"I am looking for an opportunity to move closer to my family," Richardson said. "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, a 6-foot-7-inch, 235-pound forward, 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. Richardson is a native of Houston, Texas.