Pitchford, a former University of Florida player before transferring to Nebraska after the 2011-12 season, averaged 7.2 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game this past season.
“I thank Coach [Tim] Miles for giving me the opportunity when I transferred from Florida,” Pitchford said in the release. “I have learned a lot about myself in the three years I’ve been at Nebraska and it is not an easy decision to give up playing basketball.
“I completely support Walter in his decision,” Miles said in the release. “It shows a great deal of courage for a young man to see his career path and pursue it. I know leaving behind basketball is not easy for Walter or his family, but I also believe this is the best thing for Walt because it targets what he wants to do.”
The Cornhusker's finished 12th out of 14 teams in the Big Ten this season, ending the year with a 13-18 record. The team did not compete in postseason play.
In addition to losing Pitchford, Nebraska will lose five seniors to graduation this season.
- Will Green