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WVU Can Secure No. 1 Transfer Portal Class with Nkamhoua



Olivier Nkamhoua
Tennessee Athletics

West Virginia is hosting Tennessee transfer forward Olivier Nkamhoua beginning on Saturday. If WVU lands Nkamhoua, the Mountaineers will secure the best transfer portal class in the country this offseason, according to EvanMiya.

EvanMiya’s projection system has WVU reaching No. 1 if they land Nkamhoua while Michigan would rise to No. 22 if they landed the former Volunteer. Nkamhoua will visit Michigan next week after his Morgantown trip.

West Virginia has brought in five incoming transfers for next season with RaeQuan Battle (G – Montana State), Jesse Edwards (C – Syracuse), Kerr Kriisa (G – Arizona), Jose Perez (G – Manhattan) and Omar Silverio (G – Manhattan). WVU has been recognized as a top-5 class all offseason by multiple recruiting outlets.

Nkamhoua (6-foot-8) started for the Volunteers this past season, as the team made the Sweet-16. Nkamhoua averaged 10.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists through 36 games. Nkamhoua shot 51 percent from the field. The Finland native played four seasons for Tennessee.

Michigan has been a name connected with Nkamhoua since the senior forward entered the transfer portal on March 30. Nkamhoua participated in the NBA G-League combine two weekends ago and appears to be viewing college options now.

If WVU were to land Nkamhoua, they would pass Kansas, who has been noted as the best transfer class in the Big 12. The Jayhawks picked up the best transfer in the country in Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson, as well as Nick Timerberlake (G – Towson), Arterio Morris (G – Texas) and Parker Braun (F – Santa Clara). Kansas has lost eight players to the transfer portal but that number rose once Dickinson committed.

Landing Nkamhoua would put WVU over the top. Obviously, that doesn’t automatically translate over to the court but you can guarantee that Bob Huggins will have talented players to work with in the 2023-24 season.

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