Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
After a year of waiting in the wings, sophomore forward Walter Pitchford is ready to be a major contributor for the Huskers this season. With the graduation of 2013 seniors Brandon Ubel and Andre Almeida, Pitchford has a chance to play major minutes for the Big Red this season.
Two years ago, Pitchford made 13 appearances as the Gators won 26 games and reached the Elite Eight in 2012. He made good use of his redshirt season, bulking up to 230 pounds while carrying 8 percent body fat. The 6-foot-10, 234-pounder is one of the most athletic big men the Huskers have had in recent years, as he has a 40-inch vertical leap and the quickness to be a force on both the offensive and defensive ends. He is a skilled player who can fill up a stat sheet in a number of ways. He is also a very good shooter for his size, as he is comfortable firing away from behind the arc.
Pitchford sat out the 2012-13 season after transferring from the University of Florida.
Pitchford spent the 2011-12 season at Florida, where he appeared in 13 games, helping the Gators finish 26-11 and reach the NCAA Elite Eight. He totaled six points and four rebounds in 22 minutes of action on the year. He had two points against Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and grabbed a rebound in three minutes of action in the Gators' third-round win over Norfolk State. Pitchford played a season-high four minutes against Jacksonville in non-conference action and saw time in four SEC contests as a true freshman.
A three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, he originally signed a National Letter-of-Intent with DePaul prior to his senior year, but attended postgraduate school at East Lansing (Mich.) Summit Christian Academy in 2010-11, averaging 17.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game. He also looked at Indiana, Iowa and Arizona State before joining the Gator program. He also attended New Creations (Ind.) Christian School and Oak Hill (Va.) Academy and played on the AAU circuit for the Michigan Mustangs and Team Detroit.
Pitchford is also the first NU scholarship player in basketball from Michigan since Chester Surles, who played with the Huskers during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. Walter has one older brother, Keith, and one sister, Elizabeth. Walter, who was born on April 24, 1992, in Chicago, is the son of Walter Pitchford IV and Elaine Pitchford. He majors in ethnic studies at Nebraska.