LINCOLN — Two months ago, Walter Pitchford was in Omaha as part of the Florida basketball team’s advancement through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
This weekend, the 6-foot-10, 221-pounder from Grand Rapids, Mich., is expected to make an official recruiting visit to Nebraska, a source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.
Pitchford will transfer from the Gators after playing in 13 games as a freshman. He had six points and four rebounds for the season in 22 minutes. He told the Orlando Sentinel he is leaving Florida to be closer to his ailing grandfather in Michigan.
Out of high school, Pitchford signed a letter of intent in 2010 with DePaul, after also receiving offers from George Washington, Michigan and Minnesota.
He then backed out of his DePaul commitment and decided to attend prep school in East Lansing, Mich. — Summit Christian Academy — where he averaged 17.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks. Rivals.com and Scout.com rated him a three-star prospect.
Pitchford would have to sit out a transfer year at a Division I school, then have three years of eligibility remaining.
Nebraska already has signed one Division I transfer in wing Terran Petteway from Texas Tech. The Huskers still have two scholarships available for 2012-13.
Besides a visit from Pitchford, the Huskers also are hosting unofficial visits this week for some underclassmen.
On Thursday, three members of the Southwest Illinois Jets AAU squad were at the Hendricks Training Complex. On Friday, visitors are expected from an Indiana AAU team.
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