Potential Transfer Targets For WVU Basketball

Daniel Woods

With the transfer of Brandon Knapper, the West Virginia men’s basketball team has an additional scholarship available to add to the 2020 recruiting class that already includes high schoolers Isaiah Cottrell and Taj Thweatt, as well as junior college standout Kedrian Johnson.

This late in the recruiting process, it would be difficult to find another freshman to bring on but the transfer market is just beginning to open up. According to several reports, Bob Huggins is taking advantage of that and getting in contact with some of the top transfers available.

It appears that the Mountaineers are willing to take both a traditional transfer who will sit out or a graduate transfer with immediate eligibility. West Virginia could look to add at the point guard position made thinner by Knapper’s transfer or pick up a high-potential big man to pair alongside Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver in the front court.

Here are six available transfers you could see the Mountaineers add before next season.

Graduate Transfers

Carlik Jones-PG, Radford

It has already been reported that West Virginia is in on Jones who scored an even 20.0 points per game to go with 5.5 assists per game last season. Playing at Radford for former West Virginia assistant Mike Jones, he was named Big South Conference player of the year as a redshirt junior.

Jones struggled from three-point range early in his career but improved to shoot 40.9 percent from deep last season. The ability to pass the ball, paired with Jones’ high-scoring abilities, make him a prime target for the Mountaineers to add this offseason.

Bryce Aiken-PG, Harvard

Aiken is considered one of the best transfers available after a strong first three seasons at Harvard where the former top 100 recruit averaged 22.2 points per game as a junior in 2018-19. However, he played just seven games this past season due to a foot injury and is looking to move on to a new program.

West Virginia needs ball-handling and shooting in the backcourt and Aiken brings just that, hitting over 36 percent from behind the arc in each of his last two seasons for the Crimson. Adding a high-level point guard like Aiken could allow Deuce McBride to spend more time off the ball and bring a much-needed scoring punch from the perimeter.

Rich Kelly-PG, Quinnipiac

If Bob Huggins wants shooting at the point guard spot, he will get just that in Kelly who knocked down 39.7 percent of his triples in 2019-20 after burying 45.7 percent as a sophomore the year before. Additionally, he could bring a little more peace of mind for Mountaineer fans frustrated by the team’s struggles at the foul line, having shot 89.1 percent at the charity stripe last season, including a 95.8 mark in conference play.

Those stellar percentages helped Kelly average a team-leading 16.7 points per game to go with his 4.5 assists as a redshirt junior. The Mountaineers need somebody that can hit big shots from the outside and Rich Kelly might just be the guy that can do it.

Traditional Transfers

Jamarius Burton-CG, Wichita State

Burton could be an option if the coaching staff wants to add a high-potential guard for the future. Standing 6’4”, he has great positional size to run both backcourt spots and has past production, averaging 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists as a sophomore for the Shockers.

He also showed considerable improvement from year one to year two, going from a 26.3 percent mark on three-pointers as a freshman to a 38.1 clip last season. A backcourt of McBride and Burton could be one of the Big 12’s best in 2021-22.

Joshua Morgan-C, Long Beach State

If you want to talk about potential, Morgan is your guy after earning Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman last season. At 6’11”, he swatted away 2.5 shots per game as a rookie while putting in 8.4 points on 62.2 percent shooting.

While it looks like Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver are going to be back next season, players of that caliber will always have opportunities at the next level. Morgan could sit out his transfer year and battle with those two every day in practice before being a major force in 2021-22.

Hayden Koval-C, Central Arkansas

Koval can be the exact kind of change of pace that West Virginia needs in the frontcourt. The seven-footer averaged 12.2 points per game last season with 31 made three-pointers and 3.1 blocks per game, showing a ton of versatility and potential.

Just like with Morgan, a year to develop for Koval could make him a gamechanger on both ends of the floor for West Virginia once he is eligible. If Bob Huggins wants to add a stretch big to the roster, he’s just the guy to bring in.

Comments (57)
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M-townJoe
M-townJoe

MOAR WORDS OF WISDOM ABOUT THE TRANSFERS FROM Mmtrollboy2 !! Enjoy:
"Routt, Harler, Matthews, Culver and McDribble made big 12 all academic 1st team. Knapper made 2nd team. Those are the 6 smart guys on the team. Now your down to 3. Matthews, Culver, and of course MCDRIBBLE!!! All 3 should go into transfer Portal. Then you would be down to O. Then see how many games you would win."
CrowdSourcing NOW to get mental health help for this poor little fella. Go to...
@WeakSadLittleMmtrollboy2

Mmaker2
Mmaker2

Little man your alright. Save your kissy, kissy for your wife or daughter or for Mountaineer Nation. I had fun with you and now it's time to say goodbye. Now it's time for you just to concentrate only on West Virginia sports. #1 West Virginia fan. 3 cheers for mo-jo. All time MOUNTAINEER FAN!! He's the little man, who is WV greatest fan. Mo-Jo :) Mo-Jo:) Mo Jo:) you are our little man who is WV greatest fan. HAIL WEST VIRGINIA GO MOUNTAINEERS!! Keep up the good work, Go Mo-Jo. Go Mo-Jo Go Go Mo-Jo Go

M-townJoe
M-townJoe

DAILY WORDS OF WISDOM FROM Mmtrollboy2 ! Enjoy !!
"I don't really know how little you are. I'm sure I'm a lot bigger than you. If you can't say some thing nice about West Virginia, find a different TEAM to follow. We don't need fans like YOU! Hey little man, I got a great idea, when would you like to meet me since you're such a good fan of mm2 and you think you own me, with your sarcastic remarks!"

Mmaker2
Mmaker2

Your a perfect troll. So stop texting me. Get me out of your head. I don't want to hear from you again. Stop being a troll. I know your a nice guy. Say positive things and keep the negative things to yourself. Enjoy your day. I'm done having fun with you. Don't be a troll! Hail West Virginia Go Mountaineers👍👍👍

M-townJoe
M-townJoe

MOAR HAWT TAEKS from the twisted mind of Little Mmaker2:
"BRO: When you read something, read it again. Nobody says CULVER, MCDRIBBLE OR MATTHEWS are transferring.There is the word (if) in the math. Not meaning they're going to transfer. Sure having fun with your mind? "
What he ACTUALLY SAID previously: "and if Culver, Matthews, and Mcdribble transfer that leave you with a big fat 0. Do the math."
Little dude needs our help people!! Let's all crowd-source him some mental health support, OK MOUNTAINEER fans?? #HAILWV & GO MOUNTAINEERS !!

M-townJoe
M-townJoe

HAWT TAEK ALERT !!:
Iffn you LIKE to laugh...And who DOESN'T, read the fever dreams of the little groupie below. Some REALLY weird conjecture.. not even realistic enough to be actual 'hawt taeks' though. Kinda like a little Stephen A. Smith on bath salts. Dude IS POSITIVELY stone bu trippin'. Enjoy !!

Mmaker2
Mmaker2

Wheres your triple wipes you need them. Let's do the math little man. Make sure your head got something in it. 5 academic 1st team. Rout, Harler, Culver, Matthews, McDribble+1 on the 2nd team Knapper that equals 6 Rout, Harler and Knapper leave, that means 3 are left and if Culver, Matthews, and Mcdribble transfer that leave you with a big fat 0. Do the math. A 1st grader can do the math, why can't you. Dumb, Dumb 6-3-3=0. These are Academic all big 12 players. Not all the players on the team. You take Matthews, Culver, and Mcdribble off the team your back in last place. I don't want to own your brain little man. Read if you can, before you talk dumb again. Find a different team, you're not a true bb fan, stick to football. Learn how to talk positive, you're just to negative.

M-townJoe
M-townJoe

Be Careful People !!! Mmaker2 is getting all 'Meet ME In Temecula!!'. Poor little fella just can't stand being owned. Why you SO mad bruh ?? I'mma say:
#HAIWV & GO MOUTAINEERS !!

M-townJoe
M-townJoe

BWAHAHAHA !! Iffn you REALLY want to laugh--And who doesn't, just watch Mmaker2 try desperately try to do the maths !! BWAHAHAHA !!

M-townJoe
M-townJoe

How many days before McDribbles hits The Transfer Portal?? Ask Mmaker2. He KNOWS !!

Mmaker2
Mmaker2

Your Hilarious, I can't stop laughing. Here I thought you were a old guy that actually knew something about bb. I always thought you were a huge
West Virginia fan. I just expected so much more out of you. To much of a negative attitude. You got to trust Huggs, he's the man. Keep your comments on the positive side, not on your triple wipe side. Keep your stinking Mo-Joes under your sheets. Nobody cares to here about it

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M-townJoe
M-townJoe

Had to take a giant steaming pitt & DOUBLE-WIPE my Mmaker2. Whast'd I miss?

Mmaker2
Mmaker2

Joey read the story and then read it again. Nobody says who's better Mcdribble or JC. Mcdribble just had A better GAME than JC had in 4 yrs of playing. It just shows what Mcdribble is capable of.

Mmaker2
Mmaker2

WV has a lot of good guards and the whole team is talented. That's why they're rated so high. m-town joe think dribble guard should transfer. Why would you want someone who's a leader and has scored 25 pts 11 assists 6 steals 5 rebounds in one game leave. Oldtimer m-town joe will probably never see it again. Jevon Carter couldn't do that in 4 years. All these guys on transfer portal has played more minutes than ANY WEST VIRGINIA PLAYERS Think about it, that's why their stats are so good. Give them 8 mins then check their stats.

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M-townJoe
M-townJoe

Nice story bro!! Why you mad?? Mommy forget to heat up your Hot Pocket??
HuggyBear KNOWS who should get the minutes. You don't !! Stay Calm & Oscar.
Being 'rated so high' eh ? Like #15 & #24 is high? Sure skippy. Seek help. #HAILWV & GO MOUTAINEERS !!

Mmaker2
Mmaker2

Thanks joey, You can take your bottle now and take your nap.

M-townJoe
M-townJoe

Tell US ALL the one about Dribbles McCabe being better than JC again, OK sweetie?? BWAHAHAHA !!! Oh wait... BWAHAHAHA !!! Dribbles better than JC ?? BWAHAHA !! Nice story bro !! Stay Calm & Oscar #HAILWV & GO MOUNTAINEERS !!

M-townJoe
M-townJoe

Knap did us ALL a big favor. Take that Morgan guy from Long Beach St. (to fill the Logan Routt spot), & iffn we can get the other dribbling dead weight at guard to hit the Transfer Portal,THEN Huggs could pick ANY of these guys as a REAL PG! It could be the key to bringing that Elusive Natty to M-town !! It. Could. Happen. #HAILWV & GO MOUNTAINEERS !!

Halk35
Halk35

Great insight Dan!


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