Shooting guard Taz Sherman will exercise his extra year of eligibility and return to West Virginia for the 2021-22 season, he announced on Twitter Monday afternoon.
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— TAZ1️⃣2️⃣ (@Okaytazoo) June 1, 2021
Sherman, a senior last season, had the option to return for an extra year of college basketball because the NCAA passed a blanket eligibility waiver last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the season, Sherman was undecided about returning to the Mountaineers and even entered his name into the NBA draft process.
Sherman joins fellow senior Gabe Osabuohien in returning to WVU for one more year, meaning both of the Mountaineers’ seniors from last season will return in 2021-22. Sherman coming back will bolster WVU’s backcourt, with fellow guards Miles “Deuce” McBride and Sean McNeil also currently exploring the NBA this offseason.
“We are thrilled to have Taz back for another season of Mountaineer basketball,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said in a statement. “He went from scoring five points a game in his first season with us to scoring more than 13 points per game last season. Taz explored his options in a professional manner while finishing his bachelor’s degree in May. Taz is a leader on and off the court, and he will provide us with veteran leadership this season.”
A former junior college transfer, Sherman was WVU’s third-leading scorer last season, averaging 13.4 points per game on 41.3% shooting, 35.9% on 3-pointers. He was a candidate for the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Award and was named an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. A native of Missouri City, Texas, Sherman scored 20 points in a single game fives time last season, scoring a career-high 26 points in a losing effort against Baylor near the end of the year.
Sherman averaged 5.3 points and 13.1 minutes per game during his first season with WVU in 2019-20. He shot 38.3% from the floor and 33.3% from deep.