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Emmitt Matthews Jr. Commits to Home-State Washington Huskies

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Former West Virginia Mountaineer Emmitt Matthews Jr. revealed where he will be transferring to Sunday afternoon, announcing he will be returning to his home state of Washington to play for the Washington Huskies.

Matthews grew up in Tacoma, Washington, less than an hour away from where the Huskies play their home games.

 

Matthews averaged 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 29 games for WVU this season. He shot 40.6% from the floor and 30% on 3-point range. He also averaged a career-best 25.9 minutes per game. Matthews entered into the NCAA transfer portal on March 25.

Matthews came onto the scene as a true freshman in 2018-19, starting the final 12 games of the season. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds that season. Those numbers improved to 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 2019-20. Matthews went through a season-long shooting slump last season, shooting 39.1% from the floor and 30.1% from deep. Matthews scored a career-high 28 points against Texas Tech on March 14, 2019.

The team’s only wing player his first two seasons, Matthews shared time in that role with redshirt-freshman Jalen Bridges this year. Bridges averaged 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

The Huskies finished 5-21 last season, 4-16 in the Pac-12. With the NCAA’s blanket eligibility waiver for this season, Matthews could have as many as two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Matthews is one of two players to transfer away from WVU this offseason, along with fellow junior Jordan McCabe who transferred to UNLV.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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