Pitt Transfer C Federiko Federiko Finds New Home

Pitt Transfer Center Federiko Federiko transferred to a new school.
Feb 27, 2024; Clemson, South Carolina, USA;Pitt center Federiko Federiko (33) dunks against Clemson
Feb 27, 2024; Clemson, South Carolina, USA;Pitt center Federiko Federiko (33) dunks against Clemson / Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH -- Former Pitt Panthers center Federiko Federiko finally found his new home after enterting the transfer portal back in March.

He announced on his Instagram that he is transferring to Big 12 school Texas Tech, with just two colors, red and black and #TTW, which stands for 'TOUGHEST TEAM WINS.' He took a visit over this past weekend and chose to commit soon after. He has one year left of eligibility.

Federiko played for Northern Oklahoma at the junior college level before joining Pitt ahead of the 2022-23 season. He would go on to appear in 68 games as a Panther, starting 53, over two seasons. He averaged 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game and shot 65.4% from the field while playing 22.4 minutes per game. 

He excelled in his first season, serving as an important part of a lineup, with talented guards like Jamarius Burton, Greg Elliot and Nelly Cummings, plus forward Blake Hinson, that allowed him to score down low. He also defended the rim extremely well, keeping out some of the best big men in the country from having good performances routinely.

Federiko entered this past season reprising his role as the starting center for the Panthers but head coach Jeff Capel removed him from the starting lineup midway through the season.

With his struggles offensively, such as finishing around the rim and turning the ball over, as well as his post defense dropping off from the previous season, Capel replacd him with sophomore forward Guillermo Daiz Graham. The rotation eventually became a platoon with him and Diaz Graham splitting minutes and, upon occasion, combining in a double-big lineup. 

He and forward Will Jeffress are the only two players in the transfer portal for the Panthers. Jeffress has not found a new school yet.

Pitt has just two true centers on the roster now - freshman Papa Amadou Kante, who suffered a season-ending injury and reshirted, and Diaz Graham. Class of 2024 recruit Amdy Ndiaye will have a chance to prove himself next season, and Florida State transfer Cameron Corhen will play a lot of mintues down low as well.

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