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WVU Junior Emmitt Matthews Jr. Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

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West Virginia and Oklahoma State compete during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championship at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri on March 10, 2021.

West Virginia men’s basketball junior Emmitt Matthews Jr. has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, he announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Matthews is the second WVU player to enter the portal this week, joining fellow junior Jordan McCabe.

Matthews averaged 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 29 games for WVU this season. He shot 40.6% from the floor and 30% on 3-point range. He also averaged a career-best 25.9 minutes per game.

Matthews came onto the scene as a true freshman from Tacoma, Washington in 2018-19, starting the final 12 games of the season. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds that season.

Those numbers improved to 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 2019-20. Matthews went through a season-long shooting slump last season, shooting 39.1% from the floor and 30.1% from deep. Matthews scored a career-high 28 points against Texas Tech on March 14, 2019.

The team’s only wing player his first two seasons, Matthews shared time in that role with redshirt-freshman Jalen Bridges this year. Bridges averaged 5.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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