University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Jamie Dixon announced Thursday evening that redshirt sophomore center Malcolm Gilbert (Smyrna, Del./The Academy of the New Church) has decided to transfer due to family-related reasons.
“Malcolm has asked for his release and has informed me that he wants to play with his brother,” Dixon said. “He’s a great kid, hard worker and good player. We thank Malcolm for his contribution to our program over the last year and a half and wish him much success in the future.”
Marcus Gilbert is currently a freshman forward at Fairfield. He also attended The Academy of the New Church. It is highly likely that Malcolm will transfer there to be with his brother.
Only Durand Johnson remains from a talented 2011 recruiting class that has now lost Gilbert, Khem Birch (UNLV) and John Johnson (Penn State) to transfers.
Gilbert, a 6-foot-11-inch, 235-pound center, was redshirting the 2012-13 season. Last year during his true freshman season at Pitt, he saw action in 19 contests and 93 minutes. Gilbert averaged 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds per game.