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Where Does WVU Basketball Look Next in the Transfer Portal?



Bob Huggins discusses the game with his coaching staff. (WVSN photo by Kelsie LeRose)

After securing a commitment from Montana State transfer guard RaeQuan Battle, where does WVU basketball look next in the transfer portal?

West Virginia’s staff is not finished yet this offseason, despite having 14 players on the roster as of Thursday. It appears that the magic number is one or two more additions from the transfer portal. Now it’s just about finding the best fit for a portal recruit to come off the bench.

WVU is still linked to Tennessee transfer F Olivier Nkamhoua, sources tell WV Sports Now. That’s about all about the steam from the recent portal contacts.

Many will ask how can West Virginia over-recruit the 13 scholarship amount. There are different ways to get around this. First, it’s late April. The transfer portal is open until May 11. WVU could very well lose a current player on the roster to the portal, you never know. Big man Jimmy Bell is meeting with football head coach Neal Brown this week to discuss his future at WVU.

WVU recruited over the 13 scholarship amount last year, having two players walk on. It can be done.

The Mountaineers currently have five transfer portal commitments from Battle, Jesse Edwards (C – Syracuse), Kerr Kriisa (G – Arizona), Jose Perez (G – Manhattan) and Omar Silverio (G – Manhattan). WVU returns fifth-year seniors Tre Mitchell and Joe Toussaint, who both are using their extra COVID season.

West Virginia has a good outlook on the depth chart early on. WVU has a veteran group, which contains six fifth-year seniors next year. WVU’s current average age on the roster is 21.4.

WVU’s coaching staff can look for a transfer wing to come off the bench. They possibly could go out and get a multi-time transfer that has to sit out next year to get a head start on the recruitment of next offseason. There’s a lot WVU can do, and they are good problems to have.

The transfer portal comes in waves, so West Virginia doesn’t need to rush anything. With the portal still open for two weeks, there’s still time to sit and wait for the perfect fit to enter.

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