With a current lineup that features six seniors in the rotation, the Wisconsin Badgers may be turning to the transfer portal to beef up the team for next season. According to a tweet from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, UW is interested in Pitt transfer wing Au’Diese Toney.
Pitt transfer Au'Diese Toney has heard from the following, per former coach @FredrickCannon1:— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 2, 2021
At Pitt, the 6’6”, 210-pound guard-forward developed steadily over his three years on campus, improving every major facet of his game between the time of his arrival and the time of his departure. This season, he was averaging 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. Those figures were up from 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game last season as well as the 7.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.5 assists he posted over the course of his freshman campaign.
“We have come to the mutual agreement that Au’Diese will be leaving the Pitt Men’s Basketball program effective immediately,” coach Jeff Capel said in a statement. “We appreciate his efforts the past three seasons in our program and wish him well as he looks to continue to grow on and off the court.”
Jeff Capel said there was a good chance Au'Diese Toney wouldn't have played the rest of the season after the concussion he suffered last Thursday— Craig Meyer (@CraigMeyerPG) February 25, 2021
If he were to be granted immediate eligibility, the junior wing would have, I think, two years remaining since this year counts as a redshirt for everyone but I often get confused when trying to figure out transfer eligibility.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Toney, a native of Jasper, Ala., was a 4-star recruit and rated as the No. 117 player in the nation. Wisconsin didn’t offer him coming out of high school, but after seeing him play well in the ACC it looks like Greg Gard’s interest was piqued.