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Watch: WVU’s Josh Eilert Visits RaeQuan Battle on Tulalip Reservation



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WVU interim HC Josh Eilert visited Mountaineer guard RaeQuan Battle and his family on the Tulalip Reservation out in Washington.

“I had the opportunity to spend time with RaeQuan and his family on the Tulalip Reservation. His story is so unique and special. I witnessed firsthand the pride he takes in representing his tribe and how he inspires his entire community. We are so fortunate to have him here at WVU,” Eilert wrote on social media.

Eilert is making his rounds to some of the basketball players that are at home. Eilert visited big man Jesse Edwards last week as The Netherlands was playing a friendly in Latvia. Eilert has recorded his experiences in Latvia and now Washington.

The Tulalip Reservation is located about an hour outside of Seattle. It is known as a federally recognized tribe.

Battle (6-foot-5) started in all 35 games this past season, averaging 17.7 points on 47 percent shooting from the field, 35 percent from three and 83 percent from the free throw line. The Tulip, Wa. native scored 27 points against Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Battle was named to the All-Big Sky First Team during his senior year. Battle began his collegiate career at Washington.

Battle announced in late June that he was staying at West Virginia during the coaching transition from Bob Huggins to Eilert. Battle needs to complete his undergraduate degree this summer to be immediately eligible for the 2023-24 season. If not, he will need a waiver. Battle has one year of eligibility left.

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