Sometimes overshadowed by the recruiting efforts of Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini and crew, new Nebraska basketball head coach Tim Miles and staff have hit the ground running – hosting a handful of talented prospects and landing four players since Miles' hiring.
One of those prospects if Walter Pitchford, a 6-foot-10 big man from East Lansing, Michigan. Pitchford originally gave his commitment to Billy Donovan and the Florida Gators. However, after just one season in Gainesville, an illness to his grandfather caused him to make the decision to get a little closer to home.
“No, playing time didn’t affect my decision (to leave Florida) it was all about timing.
The timing was right for Pitchford, but the Nebraska facilities weren’t so bad either.
“First off let me tell you there is nothing like the facilities they have their, its mind blowing,” said the power forward.
But when Pitchford gets to Lincoln, and is eligible to play, he knows that he can help this Huskers team despite playing in only playing in 13 games his freshman year at Florida.
“I know I’m an impact player, and the coaches know that also.” Pitchford said.
He is not short on confidence, and attitude seems to be what this Husker team seems to lack. And the personalities of Miles and Pitchford seem to mesh perfectly.
“The thing about Coach Miles is that he is about winning and changing the basketball program around and it is all about winning the right way,” said Pitchford.
Along with being a solid basketball player, he is an amazing person off the court with a great family background. He shared a little bit about his faith with.
“I’m a Christian and I deeply wanna help people by taking some to church or praying, or just getting a prayer group together and reading the word and just understanding stuff, but my Mom is a minister, and my uncles are ministers, and one is the pastor, and my great grandpa was the pastor, me and my sister called him the appleman!”
Pitchford will have to sit out the 2012-2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will be fully eligible to play starting the 2013 season. With many players leaving the basketball program for various reasons, it is clear that this will be a rebuilding year for Tim Miles and Company.
It’s more than safe to say that adding a player like Pitchford is exactly what the program needs to excel. Doing it the right way with the right players is exactly the attitude that will help this team get off to a great start in 2013-2014.
*** Edited by Big Red Report's Josh Harvey ***