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RaeQuan Battle Records Efficient NBA Summer League Debut

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In his NBA summer league debut, former WVU G RaeQuan Battle recorded an efficient night for the Charlotte Hornets. Battle scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three in just 14 minutes.

Battle and the Hornets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 97-65 on Saturday night in the California Classic.

Battle is currently fighting his way for a two-way NBA contract after being invited to the summer league by the Hornets. The 6-foot-5 guard went undrafted in the 2024 NBA draft after multiple workouts with teams around the league.

Battle completed his fifth season of collegiate eligibility with West Virginia this past season. Battle, who played at Washington and Montana State, transferred to WVU during the final months of Bob Huggins and stayed into the interim year with Josh Eilert.

Battle averaged 16.1 points and 4.0 rebounds on 41% shooting from the field in 22 games. Battle fought for eligibility during non-conference play after needing a waiver to compete for the Mountaineers. The Tulalip, Wa. native became eligible in mid-December and scored 29 points in each of his first two games. Battle scored over 20 points in nine games. Battle won back-to-back Big 12 Player of the Week awards as soon as he returned to the floor.

Battle’s WVU teammate Jesse Edwards was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves to a two-way contract. Other Mountaineers playing in the summer league include Jalen Bridges (Suns), Tre Mitchell (Thunder), Emmitt Matthews Jr. (Hawks) and Gabe Osabuohien (Cavaliers).

WV Sports Now will keep you up to date on Battle’s professional career.

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