2022-2023 West Virginia Basketball Projected Starting Lineup

Morgantown, West Virginia – Tonight, the West Virginia Mountaineers men’s basketball team will make its debut inside the WVU Coliseum for the Gold-Blue scrimmage game.

And it’s going to be a totally different team than what we saw from last season!

Recent Hall of Fame inductee Bob Huggins has never liked to find players in the transfer portal before this offseason, but Huggins killed it this year, landing a top ten transfer class by adding Iowa transfer Joe Toussaint, South Carolina transfer Erik Stevenson, Texas transfer Tre Mitchell and Washington transfer Emmitt Matthews, Jr., as well as JUCO additions Mohamed Wague and Jimmy Bell Jr.

Although Bob Huggins has finally been active in the transfer portal, it’s impossible to claim that he’s effectively replaced what he lost last season.

Losing Jalen Bridges, Isaiah Cottrell and Sean McNeil to the transfer portal on top of seniors Taz Sherman, Malik Curry, Dimon Carrigan, Pauly Paulicap and Gabe Osabuohien was truly devastating for the basketball program.

Huggins’ success in the transfer portal showed that he was willing to adapt and make the effort to rebuild his team in a new way, but this combination of players simply isn’t as talented as what Huggins had to work with last year.

And remember, West Virginia finished 16-17 last season and in dead last place in the Big 12 Conference.

Toussaint, Stevenson, Wague and Bell are fine role players, but who is going to replace Taz Sherman and Sean McNeil’s scoring? Emmitt Matthews, Jr. is a tremendous athlete, but he’s never been particularly consistent.

There’s little doubt that West Virginia will rebound better this season, but Huggins won’t be able to play bully-ball like he has in the past with an exceptionally-talented roster full of incredible athletes. Virtually every team in the Big 12 has more talent and more athleticism than West Virginia as well.

The Mountaineers don’t have one consistent three-point shooter on the entire roster. While the new players on the roster may be tougher than last year’s players, toughness only gets you so far. Someone is going to need to score in order to compete, and if Huggins thought his offense was brutal last season, it could be a nightmare this season.

While it’s easy to label last year’s roster “soft” and “entitled”, the players who left were talented in ways that this year’s team just won’t be, and that’s precisely why the Mountaineers are predicted to finish 9th out of 10 teams in the conference.

With that said, here is the projected starting lineup for the 2022-2023 West Virginia Mountaineers:

PG Kedrian Johnson

Reserve: Joe Toussaint, Josiah Davis

Erik Stevenson

Reserve: Seth Wilson, Kobe Johnson

Emmitt Matthews, Jr.

Reserve: Jamel King, Josiah Harris, Patrick Suemnick

Tre Mitchell

Reserve: James Okonkwo

Mohamed Wague/Jimmy Bell, Jr.

The Gold-Blue Debut scrimmage game, which is free admission for all fans, begins tonight at 7:00PM at the WVU Coliseum.