Pitchford, 6-10 DePaul Recruit, to Get Release

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 Purnell as 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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