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Pitt F Toney to transfer, second high-profile exit in 2 days

February 25, 2021 GMT
Georgia Tech forward Khalid Moore (12) fouls Pittsburgh guard Au'Diese Toney (5) during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb 14, 2021, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech defeated Pittsburgh 71-65. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Georgia Tech forward Khalid Moore (12) fouls Pittsburgh guard Au'Diese Toney (5) during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb 14, 2021, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech defeated Pittsburgh 71-65. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Georgia Tech forward Khalid Moore (12) fouls Pittsburgh guard Au'Diese Toney (5) during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb 14, 2021, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech defeated Pittsburgh 71-65. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
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Georgia Tech forward Khalid Moore (12) fouls Pittsburgh guard Au'Diese Toney (5) during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb 14, 2021, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech defeated Pittsburgh 71-65. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
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Georgia Tech forward Khalid Moore (12) fouls Pittsburgh guard Au'Diese Toney (5) during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb 14, 2021, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech defeated Pittsburgh 71-65. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh junior forward Au’Diese Toney is transferring, the second high-profile departure for the Panthers in as many days.

The school announced Toney’s decision on Thursday, one day after junior guard Xavier Johnson said he was entering the transfer portal.

Toney averaged 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists and is considered among the better defenders in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He missed Pitt’s last game, a loss to Florida State last Saturday, while recovering from a concussion.

Toney’s and Johnson’s exits leave the Panthers (9-9 overall, 5-8 ACC) without two of their top three scorers entering the final stretch of the regular season. Pitt has dropped seven of eight since beating Duke in January. The Panthers return to play on Sunday at North Carolina State.

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