West Virginia Continues to Rank as One of the Best Transfer Addition Teams in the Country
Following an abysmal Big 12 performance this past season, West Virginia’s coaching staff needed to recruit well in the transfer portal to be competitive for next season. They did exactly that.
As of May 5, WVU ranks No. 12 nationally in EvanMiya.com‘s transfer portal addition rankings. The Mountaineers rank second in the Big 12, just behind Texas Tech who just had a great week in the portal.
“We’re looking for some guys who can score. We want to be able to score the ball,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins told WV MetroNews back in April. “Historically, West Virginia basketball has been teams that can score the ball. We certainly let that tradition down a year ago. We need some guys that can score.”
West Virginia has picked up three players in the transfer portal in Erik Stevenson (USC), Joe Toussaint (Iowa) and Emmitt Matthews Jr. (UW). Stevenson and Matthews both averaged double-figures in points, while Toussaint averaged 4.3 points off the bench for Iowa.
The coaching staff adjusted from last offseason to this offseason. They wanted guys that know what it is like to play at the Power-5 level. Each player brings a different skill to West Virginia. Stevenson gives the team scoring, Toussaint brings defense and doesn’t turnover the ball much and Matthews brings leadership and familiarity back to WVU.
EvanMiya.com’s Evan Miyakawa ranks Toussaint as a 5-star transfer, while Stevenson and Matthews are 4-star transfers.
West Virginia has filled out all of their roster spots for the 2022-23 season. Huggins has made it apparent that they are not against the idea of adding another transfer from the portal. WV Sports Now will keep up to date with the latest recruiting and transfer portal news during the offseason.