Multiple sources have confirmed that Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings refused to release Beaver Falls High School graduate Sheldon Jeter to Pitt. Jeter, who played his freshman season at Vanderbilt last season, announced Friday he was transferring to a school closer to home.
Jeter, a 6-foot-7 forward, can still transfer to Pitt without a release from Stallings, but he would have to pay his own tuition for one year before the Panthers can give him a scholarship.
Jeter also can appeal to Vanderbilt for Stallings' ruling to be overturned, or he can transfer to a school other than Pitt.
Stallings could not be reached for comment, but Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams told the Tennessean Stallings "was concerned about releasing Sheldon Jeter to one of the schools." He declined to identify the school.
Coaches sometimes refuse to release players to schools within the same conference or to teams that appear on future schedules, but Vanderbilt competes in the Southeastern Conference and is not scheduled to play Pitt.
Jeter started seven games as a freshman and averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. When he was at Beaver Falls, Jeter also considered Penn State.
Jeter could not be reached for comment.
NOTE -- Pitt, Houston, Stanford and Texas Tech will participate in the 2013 Legends Classic Nov. 25-26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Pitt also will play two non-conference games at Petersen Events Center as part of the Legends Classic. Those games will be played between Nov. 17 and Nov. 21. Pitt does not have to win those two games at Petersen Events Center to advance.
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