Pepper, who came up with those key defensive plays to help seal West Virginia's second round win over Clemson, will leave West Virginia and transfer, according to three reports from news outlets in his home area. Pepper has been the subject of transfer rumors for more than a year, but had denied those rumblings before the latest move was confirmed.
At West Virginia, Pepper averaged ten minutes per game over two seasons, but struggled to find a role. He made 33% of his 3-point attempts, but managed just 41 shots from beyond the arc. He also had trouble at times in man-to-man defense, especially against smaller, quicker guards.
Pepper's departure will likely open a path for another Philadelphia area player. Aaron Brown, a rugged 6-5 defender with the ability to guard at multiple positions, will likely have an opportunity to fill the position.