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WVU Basketball transfer recruit Duncan Powell
Sacramento State Athletics

WVU basketball recruiting had been relatively quiet after securing a commitment from Washington State transfer Joseph Yesufu on May 12. This week, the Mountaineers received a commitment from Detroit Mercy transfer Jayden Stone and are currently completing a visit for Duncan Powell, a Sacramento State transfer.

Powell began his visit to Morgantown on Wednesday and wraps up on Thursday. The 6-foot-8 forward teased a decision coming soon.

“Coonskin Cap?,” Powell wrote on social media.

Powell, who committed to Louisiana this offseason, recently reopened his recruitment. Powell averaged 12.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists at Sacramento State this past season. The 6-foot-8 forward shot 49% from the field as well. Powell has two years of eligibility remaining and began his career at North Carolina A&T.

Powell received immediate interest from Florida State, Kansas, NC State, Texas, Virginia Tech and West Virginia while opening his recruitment again. If Powell ends up at WVU, the Mountaineer staff will have 12-of-13 scholarships filled up for the 2024-25 season.

The Sacramento State transfer would also join Stone in committing to West Virginia this week. Stone is a 6-foot-4 guard who averaged 20.8 points on a one-win Detroit Mercy team.

With Stone, West Virginia has eight incoming transfers, which ranks No. 2 in the country on On3 Sports and No. 6 on 247 Sports. Tucker DeVries and Javon Small rank in the top 30 of all transfers this cycle, according to The Portal Report, with DeVries at No. 1.

WVU will have a new-look roster next season under first-year HC Darian DeVries, as rising sophomore Ofri Naveh is the only returnee from last season’s roster.

WV Sports Now will provide updates regarding Powell’s transfer recruitment.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Jon

    June 6, 2024 at 3:53 pm

    Need to use the last spot on another center,preferably a underclassmen.We’ll find out what a coach we have if he can bring a 13 man team(strangers)together to win in the first year

  2. Dave Sawyer

    June 7, 2024 at 4:30 pm

    If they all average what they did last year we will score 198 points a game. Lol.

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