By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Pitt’s problem of one too many players on scholarship was resolved today when sophomore center J.J. Richardson decided to transfer.

KDKA-TV Sports has confirmed with a source that Richardson has informed head coach Jamie Dixon that he’s leaving Pitt.

Richardson is a 6-7, 235 lb forward from Missouri City, Texas.

This past season, Richardson appeared in 23 games, averaging 1.1 pts/game. As a freshman, he played in 22 games for the Panthers.

With a talented recruiting class set to arrive next season, Richardson had virtually no chance of playing any meaningful minutes.

Here’s a list of Pitt forwards/centers for 2011-12: Dante Taylor, Lamar Patterson, Nasir Robinson, Talib Zanna, JJ Moore, Cameron Wright, Khem Birch, Malcom Gilbert and Durand Johnson.

Update (4:46 PM)

Pitt has confirmed our story by releasing a statement from both Dixon and Richardson.

We will assist J.J. in finding the best situation for him to reach his goals both academically and athletically,” Dixon said. “He’s a great kid, hard worker and good player. We thank J.J. for his contribution to our program over the last two years and wish him much success in the future.”

“I am looking for an opportunity to move closer to my family,” Richardson said. “I want to thank everyone at Pitt, including my coaches, teammates, fans and those associated with the program. It was a great two years and I wish everyone well. I’m very thankful for everything that Pitt has done for me.”

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