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Emmitt Matthews Officially Signs With West Virginia

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Washington transfer Emmitt Matthews Jr. has officially signed to come back to play at West Virginia. Matthews played at WVU from 2018-21 and will finish out his collegiate career with the Mountaineers.

WVU’s basketball program made the NLI signing official on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are extremely excited to have Emmitt back as a Mountaineer,” Huggins said in a statement. “He is a great teammate who made countless big plays at crunch time during his three years here. We look forward to having his athleticism and shot-making ability around the perimeter in addition to his rebounding at both ends of the floor. His experience will be invaluable.”

Matthews transferred back to West Virginia on April 29 after spending one season back at home in Washington.

“I think going to another school and learning a new system is hard to do. I know the system, the play style and the coaching,” Matthews told Metro News. “I didn’t burn any bridges when I left. Hopefully, we can get Huggs a title.”

During his sole year at Washington, Matthews (6-foot-7, 215 pounds) averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. The Tacoma, Wa., native shot 43 percent from the field, 34 percent from three and 76 percent from the free-throw line. Matthews played 92 games for West Virginia, helping the Mountaineers reach the 2021 NCAA Tournament, earning a 3-seed.

Matthews will have one year of eligibility remaining. This marks the second time Matthews has transferred but he will not have to sit out due to being a graduate transfer.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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