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Breaking: WVU Guards Battle, Farrakhan Available for UMass Game



RaeQuan Battle

West Virginia’s basketball program announced on Friday afternoon that guards RaeQuan Battle and Noah Farrakhan will dress and be available vs. UMass on Saturday, per release. Battle and Farrakhan became eligible after Judge John P. Bailey issued a TRO against the NCAA’s transfer eligibility rules.

“We have had many conversations with a variety of parties since Wednesday’s court ruling in Wheeling,” WVU interim HC Josh Eilert said. “But most importantly, we have had extensive discussions with RaeQuan, Noah and their families. They have expressed their desire to compete with their fellow teammates and represent West Virginia University on the court. This was their decision to compete. As I’ve said, we will always fully support them and certainly look forward to having them on our active roster.”

The NCAA put out a guidance on Thursday that players could lose their eligibility during the TRO period if the case is reversed. Some teams already played their now-eligible guys and now WVU will join the group.

Battle has transferred multiple times as an undergraduate student-athlete and was 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.

Farrakhan appeared in 31 games for Eastern Michigan, averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Farrakhan shot 43% from the field and 24% from three. He recorded 14 games of 20 points or more during his EMU career. Farrakhan scored 19 points, six rebounds and three assists against Michigan in Nov. 2022.

The states of Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia are involved in a multistate lawsuit against the NCAA, questioning their transfer eligibility rules.

West Virginia and UMass will tipoff in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

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