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West Virginia Attorney General Comments on RaeQuan Battle Waiver



RaeQuan Battle
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Patrick Morrisey, Attorney General of West Virginia, released a statement based on the denied waiver of WVU G RaeQuan Battle. Battle was denied immediate eligibility from the NCAA on Monday as WVU is appealing the decision.

Morrisey said the following on X (Twitter):

“The recent decision to deny RaeQuan Battle’s eligibility to play basketball at WVU this season raises serious legal issues that demand answers. Like many WVU fans and citizens of West Virginia, I was dismayed by this move and am hopeful it can still be fixed in time for the 2023-24 season. 

We are engaged on this matter and will be weighing in more formally in the days ahead. We want to make sure the right things happen for RaeQuan and WVU, and that any action taken is consistent with the rule of law. As the Attorney General of West Virginia, I take our antitrust authority seriously and will take all appropriate steps to ensure our laws are followed.”

Battle has transferred multiple times as an undergraduate student-athlete and is not a grad transfer after his summer session. Battle has a unique story coming from the Tulalip Reservation in Washington. The NCAA recently has started to crack down on waivers from transfers, no matter the situation. 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.

The 6-foot-5 guard committed to West Virginia under former HC Bob Huggins back in April. This was the second time that Battle transferred as he originally started his career at Washington.

For now, Battle will have to sit out this season and can play during the 2024-25 year but it appears that WVU won’t go down without a fight. WV Sports Now will continue to update Battle’s appeal.

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