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What’s Next For West Virginia Basketball in Transfer Portal?



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With West Virginia basketball picking up Syracuse transfer big Jesse Edwards on Sunday, what’s next for the Mountaineers?

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West Virginia’s staff has made it clear that despite getting Edwards, they are still not done finding transfer portal additions. Iowa State transfer guard Caleb Grill arrived in Morgantown for his visit very late on Sunday night and will leave on Tuesday. Pitt transfer big John Hugley is still scheduled to visit WVU this weekend, despite the Edwards commitment.

Grill (6-foot-3) would be a nice fit for West Virginia as a three-and-d type player. Grill averaged 9.5 points on 37 percent shooting from three last year. The senior guard has had eight games of five or more threes in a single game during his career. Grill left Iowa State’s program to due personal reasons in early March. Grill did state on social media that he needs to improve his mental health. Grill becomes the third transfer portal player to visit West Virginia in the last month. Grill visited Missouri before his trip to Morgantown this past weekend.

Hugley’s (6-foot-9) recruitment is interesting because of the unknown. The Cleveland native had a big year during the 2021-22 season, averaging 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds for Jeff Capel’s Panthers. Hugley dealt with a knee injury suffered during the preseason and was eventually shut down in January. Hugley tried to return to the floor but the nagging injury prevented him from doing so. Hugley has visited Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Ole Miss so far. It comes as a surprise that WVU would still host Hugley after getting Edwards but with three years of eligibility left, it seems that the success West Virginia has had in the portal this year will be the pitch.

Avery Anderson, a transfer guard from Oklahoma State, has had a mutual interest with West Virginia. Anderson played four years under Mike Boynton at OSU, averaging 11.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists this past season. There has not been an official visit to WVU yet for Anderson. Anderson would have one year of eligibility remaining.

WV Sports Now will keep you up to date with the latest transfer portal news.

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