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WVU C Jesse Edwards Competes in Euro Friendly Versus Israel



WVU C Jesse Edwards

Jesse Edwards, West Virginia’s center, competed in a European friendly on Friday for The Netherlands against Israel. Edwards is overseas in Latvia playing for his home country.

Edwards recorded eight points and six rebounds in about 15 minutes of play. Edwards got into foul trouble during the first half and sat for the majority of the second quarter. Edwards shot 2-of-7 from the field but did go 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

Edwards hit a layup with 20 seconds to go to give the Nederlands the lead. The friendly ended in a 66-66 tie.

WVU interim head coach Josh Eilert was in attendance as he surprised Edwards this week.

Edwards is the centerpiece of West Virginia’s transfer portal haul this offseason, coming in as a top-five transfer recruit. Edwards averaged 14.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks on 59 percent shooting from the field during his senior year at Syracuse. Edwards was named to the All-ACC Third Team this past season. Edwards has started for the Orange in the past two years. Edwards played seven minutes against West Virginia in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Edwards has one year of eligibility remaining.

Edwards entered the portal on April 11 and cut his list down to WVU, Gonzaga and Kansas within days. Edwards’ visit to West Virginia was the only one scheduled during his recruitment. Edwards committed to WVU on April 16.

Following Bob Huggins’ resignation in June, the ability to retain Edwards was in question. The big man committed to Eilert and the coaching staff once again and did not re-enter the transfer portal.

“Goin’ nowhere. Time to make this a special year. Let’s go to work for this staff, this team and this place. Let’s go WV,” Edwards wrote on Twitter on July 2.

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