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What Does Tre Mitchell to Transfer Portal Mean for WVU?



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West Virginia fifth-year senior forward Tre Mitchell entered the transfer portal on Thursday, leaving Morgantown after one year. Mitchell is the first Mountaineer to enter the portal since former head coach Bob Huggins resigned last weekend.

So what does this mean for WVU?

Simply put it, this could just be the beginning for portal entries. Mitchell’s entry may create a domino effect of players that join him. WVU transfer additions Kerr Kriisa (G – Arizona) and Jesse Edwards (C – Syracuse) have the easiest path to playing next season as both have only transferred once. RaeQuan Battle (G – Montana State), for example, may see more of a struggle due to transferring multiple times during his undergraduate years. Just don’t be surprised if anyone follows Mitchell into the portal.

Mitchell (6-foot-9) appeared in all 34 games for West Virginia this past season. The Texas transfer averaged 11.7 points and 5.5 rebounds on 47 percent shooting from the field and 36 percent shooting from three. Mitchell was a consistent starter who helped return WVU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2021. Mitchell skipped out on declaring for the NBA draft to return to West Virginia for his final year of eligibility but that changed with the coaching search looming.

Mitchell fit right in for what this team was shaping out to be. The spacing between Mitchell and Edwards worked as the Pittsburgh native can stretch the floor out. Mitchell was the only double-digit scorer returning to West Virginia from last season.

Mitchell has one year of eligibility remaining.

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