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NCAA Only Approves 18% of Multi-Time Transfers So Far in 2023-24 Year



WVU G RaeQuan Battle

The NCAA is finally beginning to crack down on multi-time transfers around the country for the 2023-24 school year. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, the NCAA has only approved 18% of waivers for anybody trying to become immediately eligible in their respective sports.

The NCAA gave student-athletes a free transfer to use in their collegiate careers, beginning in 2021. Ever since then, players around the country have transferred two, three and even four times. The NCAA has tried to figure out how to manage the multi-time transfers. This past summer, the NCAA made it known that they would be more strict in the waiver process for anyone transferring for a second time.

West Virginia’s basketball team currently has had a bad history with clearing waivers over the past eight months. WVU G Jose Perez had his waiver and appeal denied last season after transferring in late October. After a long offseason, Perez is set to have a big role for the Mountaineers in his final year of college basketball. Perez’s childhood friend Omar Silverio wasn’t as fortunate as the NCAA ended his collegiate career on Aug. 10. Silverio needed a waiver after transferring multiple times and leaving Manhattan during the school year. The NCAA did not give a full reason to Silverio for the denied waiver.

WVU still has two players on their roster who are in need of a cleared waiver. Transfer guards RaeQuan Battle and Noah Farrakhan will need a waiver cleared by the NCAA to play during the 2023-24 season. If not, they will have to sit out before playing out their eligibility with West Virginia.

Battle has transferred multiple times as an undergraduate student-athlete and is not a grad transfer after this summer session. West Virginia believes Battle has enough of a valid reason to play this season. While Battle and WVU await the NCAA’s decision, the Montana State transfer can still practice with the team.

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.

WVSN will keep you up to date with Battle’s waiver process.

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