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Former WVU Commit and Fairmont Native Marley Washenitz Commits to Pitt

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Former WVU commit and Fairmont native Marley Washenitz has committed to Pitt, she announced Sunday.

The native of Fairmont, West Virginia gave her commitment to the West Virginia Mountaineers basketball program back when she was a sophomore. Unfortunately for Washenitz, like it has for millions of people around the country, COVID had a major impact on her life.

Washenitz was informed in the middle of January by the Mountaineers program that due to some of their 5th year athletes deciding to come back because of the extra year granted to all college athletes because of COVID, that the team no longer had a scholarship available for her and her commitment was no longer valid. So, after being committed for two-plus years, Washenitz had to start her recruiting process from scratch.

Soon after her she lost that scholarship this January, Pitt head coach Lance White immediately contacted her and immediately started to recruit. White had originally recruited Washenitz before she committed to Pitt, but couldn’t properly recruit her since she committed to WVU early on.

Washenitz also received offers from Stetson, UMASS, Villanova and Youngstown State before committing to Pitt.

Washenitz is a two-time West Virginia State Player of the Year out of Fairmont Senior High School. The 5-foot-10 guard scored more than 2,000 points in her high school career and lead her team to Class AAA state runners-up in consecutive seasons.

Washenitz may not be the only WVU decommit to join Pitt this recruiting class. Guard Avery “Ace” Strickland received an offer from the Panthers soon after decommitting from the Mountaineers due to the same roster issues as Washenitz. Strickland congratulated Washenitz on her commitment to Pitt.

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