Sibande announces on Jeff Capel Show he will return for next year

Senior said he wants to be around this group of guys
Nike Sibande shooting
Nike Sibande Photo credit Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Pitt graduate transfer Nike Sibande did not go through Senior Day ceremonies on Tuesday. Thursday we found out why. The 6'4" guard decided to come back to Pitt for another year.

“Me and Capel talked about it,” Sibande said during the Jeff Capel Show on the Pitt Panthers Radio Network and 93.7 The Fan.  “We talked about it.  I think I will be coming back for sure.”

NCAA is allowing all players in essence a free year of eligibility due to all of the COVID-19 issues.  Sibande will take advantage of it.

“Knowing I can have a whole summer to work with Capel and be here,” Sibande said.  “Knowing the group of guys that I would be around.  I know I would impact them in a way too.”

“Knowing I could really have a whole year to play and do what I can do.”

The transfer from Miami of Ohio had to wait until 55 minutes before the Miami of Florida game on December 16 to be ruled eligible.  Sibande has played in 12 games at Pitt, starting half.  Averaging 5.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

In the win over Wake Forest, the Indianapolis native went off.  Scoring 23 points, grabbing 9 rebounds with 4 assists, a steal and a block.

His opportunities have grown because of his familiarity with the system, also with the departure of Xavier Johnson and Au’Diese Toney.

“It was exciting to get back on the floor and produce in that way,” Sibande said of his game on Tuesday.  “I was excited for everybody and excited to come out with a win.”

Sibande has a young daughter named, Oaklynn.  She was born before he came to Pitt.

“It’s crazy how her name really lined up,” Sibande said.  “Now I’m here playing at the Oakland Zoo.”

Next year, the new father is hoping he and Oaklynn can meet the Zoo in person.