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Walter Pitchford Jr., a 6-10 forward/center from Grand Rapids, Mich., will finally get released from his Letter of Intent to DePaul.
“Coach [Oliver] Purnell called tonight [Sunday] and said he’ll be releasing Walter in the next couple of days,” Walter Sr. said by phone.
The NCAA recently denied Pitchford’s appeal for a release.
Pitchford initially told ZAGSBLOG he wanted out due to the coaching change that brought in Purnellas the new coach and also because of concerns about crime in the Chicago area.
“We were very thankful [for the release],” Pitchford Sr. said. “It’s been frustrating but we’re thankful and we’re just going to move on. We thank DePaul for everything they’ve done. DePaul is a fine instituation and we wish them great success.”
Now Pitchford plans to move forward but his father says there are no specific schools in mind.
“It’s late now, but we’ll just see what happens,” he said.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.