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West Virginia Basketball Transfer Portal and Recruitment Guide

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Head Coach Bob Huggins hugs Senior Sean McNeil after he leaves the court at the end of the game. (WVSN photo by Kelsie LeRose)

Throughout this offseason, the West Virginia basketball staff will work at filling in the rest of the scholarships for the 2022-23 season. As of April 29, the Mountaineers have five signees for the class of 2022 in Josiah Harris, Josiah Davis and Patrick Suemnick, Mohamed Wague and Jimmy Bell Jr.

Erik Stevenson (SC), Joe Toussaint (Iowa),  Emmitt Matthews Jr. (Washington) and Tre Mitchell (Texas) have been acquired through the transfer portal. With the commitment from Matthews, West Virginia has filled out all of their roster spots for the 2022-23 season. WVU head coach Bob Huggins has made it apparent that they are not against the idea of adding another transfer from the portal.

WV Sports Now will update this list regularly throughout the offseason.

Commits:

Jimmy Bell Jr., F, Moberly Area CC (JUCO)

**Update 3/24 – Bell is set to visit West Virginia on April 14.

**Update 4/12 – Bell cuts his list down to four schools, includes WVU

**Update 4.17 – Bell commits to West Virginia

Bell (6-foot-10, 280 pounds) is a big man from Moberly Area CC in Missouri. The Saginaw, MI, native spent two seasons at Saint Louis under head coach Travis Ford. Bell appeared in 50 games for the Billikens, averaging 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds on 49 percent shooting. Bell has improved his game very much at Moberly, averaging 9.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks on 59 percent shooting. Bell has been in talks with Bob Huggins and Ron Everhart.

Emmitt Matthews Jr., F, Washington

On April 29, Emmitt Matthews Jr. announced that he will be transferring back to West Virginia.

During his sole year at Washington, Matthews (6-foot-7, 215 pounds) averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. The Tacoma, Wa., native shot 43 percent from the field, 34 percent from three and 76 percent from the free-throw line. Matthews played 92 games for West Virginia, helping the Mountaineers reach the 2021 NCAA Tournament, earning a 3-seed.

Matthews will have one year of eligibility remaining. This marks the second time Matthews has transferred but he will not have to sit out due to being a graduate transfer.

Tre Mitchell, C, Texas

On May 13, Tre Mitchell signed his National Letter of Intent with West Virginia.

West Virginia reached out to Tre Mitchell on April 22. Mitchell (6-foot-9, 240 pounds) averaged 8.7 points and 4.0 rebounds during his only season in Austin. In February, Mitchell took a leave of absence from the program, not returning to the team for the remainder of the season. The Pittsburgh native is a two-time All-Atlantic 10 Team recipient. Mitchell averaged 18.0 points and 7.2 rebounds in two seasons at Massachusetts.

Mitchell has two years of eligibility remaining.

Erik Stevenson, G, South Carolina

**Update 3/25 – Stevenson is making his official visit to WVU starting on Friday night.

**Update 4/3 – Stevenson announced his commitment to West Virginia.

Stevenson (6-foot-3, 198 pounds) will be looking to play for his fourth school in college, as he has one year of eligibility left. The Lacey, WA, native played at Wichita State for two seasons, then returned home to play at Washington, before playing for Frank Martin last season at South Carolina. During his sole season in Columbia, Stevenson averaged 11.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists on 33 percent shooting from three. Stevenson shot 98 percent from the free-throw line, just missing one free shot all year.

Stevenson is good friends with former West Virginia players Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Jordan McCabe, while head coach Bob Huggins is great friends with Martin. So a lot of WVU connections with Stevenson.

Joe Toussaint, G, Iowa

**Update 4/11 – Toussaint committed to West Virginia.

Joe Toussaint (6-foot, 190 pounds) will visit this upcoming weekend. Toussaint spent three seasons at Iowa under head coach Fran McCaffrey, appearing in 98 games. The Bronx, Ny, native started in 21 games for the Hawkeyes, averaging 4.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Toussaint had a 2.3 assist to turnover ratio this past season. Toussaint shot 42 percent from the field, 25 percent from three and 83 percent from the free-throw line.

Toussaint will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Mohamed Wague, F, Harcum College (JUCO)

**Update 3/29 – Wague took a visit to WVU over the weekend.

**Update 4/11 – Wague committed to West Virginia

Mohamed Wague has been a JUCO prospect that the West Virginia staff has put a high priority on. The Bamako, Mali, native averaged 14.8 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks through 35 games in JUCO. The forward shot 65 percent from the field as well. Wague helped Harcum College (PA) to a 32-3 record as a freshman. Wague was named to the NJCAA All-American First Team, along with future teammate Patrick Suemnick.

Interests To Watch:

Courtney Ramey, G, Texas

Former Texas guard Courtney Ramey heard from WVU as of April 7. Ramey averaged 9.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals last season for Chris Beard. Ramey played three seasons under Shaka Smart and one under Beard, appearing in 128 career games for the Longhorns. The St. Louis native shot 40 percent from the field and 35 percent from three.

The once Longhorn played WVU eight times, averaging 14.9 points against the Mountaineers.

Ramey will have one year of eligibility remaining.

Deshawndre Washington, G, Northwest Florida State (JUCO)

Washington was offered by WVU back in September and holds offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Eastern Michigan, Stetson, and others. The Chicago native averaged 12.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists through 38 games as Washington led his JUCO school to the NJCAA National Championship.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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