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WVU Alum, Golden State’s Jonnie West Speaks Highly of Eilert



Jonnie West
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Jonnie West, current Director of Basketball Operations for the Golden State Warriors, spoke highly of WVU interim HC Josh Eilert recently.

“I’m incredibly excited for Josh to have earned this opportunity to lead our basketball program. Josh is a great basketball mind with a strong work ethic and an ability to unite and connect with people. He is the right person to take on this challenge and knows the importance of Mountaineer basketball to the great state of West Virginia,” West said.

West played at West Virginia from 2007-11, contributing to four NCAA Tournament appearances. West was a part of the 2010 Final Four team as well. Eilert joined West Virginia’s program at the same time West did, following Bob Huggins from Kansas State. Eilert is set to begin his first season as head coach and 17th overall.

Eilert has had an eventful seven weeks after the promotion to interim. Eilert hired two new assistants with Da’Sean Butler and Jordan McCabe, while promoting Alex Ruoff from his graduate assistant role. Eilert also brought on former Houston and Texas Tech head coach James Dickey as a senior advisor.

Eilert and his coaching staff retooled the roster once again this offseason after the departures from Huggins’ resignation. Akok Akok (F – Georgetown), Jeremiah Bembry (G – Florida State), Noah Farrakhan (G – Eastern Michigan), Quinn Slazinski (F – Iona) and Ofri Naveh (F – Israel) all have been brought in.

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