WVU Director of Athletics Wren Baker and men’s basketball interim HC Josh Eilert have announced in a joint statement that senior guard RaeQuan Battle has been denied of immediate eligibility by the NCAA once again. This was Battle’s appeal.
For now, Battle will have to sit out during the 2023-24 season and will be eligible next year to finish out his eligibility.
Breaking: WVU G RaeQuan Battle has been denied his appeal by the NCAA, per Wren Baker and Josh Eilert
— Ethan Bock (@ethanbock_) November 21, 2023
The NCAA initially denied Battle’s waiver on Oct. 23 as West Virginia appealed the decision. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey both sent letters to NCAA President Charlie Baker during the appeal process.
Battle has transferred multiple times as an undergraduate student-athlete and is not a grad transfer after his summer session. The NCAA recently has started to crack down on waivers from transfers, no matter the situation. Battle transferred from Montana State this April after averaging 17.7 points on 47% shooting for the Bobcats. Battle led Montana State to the NCAA Tournament, giving 3-seed Kansas State a game in the first round. Battle and the Bobcats fell short but the current Mountaineer scored a game-high 27 points.
The 6-foot-5 guard committed to West Virginia under former HC Bob Huggins back in April. This was the second time that Battle transferred as he originally started his career at Washington.
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