Bob Huggins is known for his defense and one of the best defenders in the nation the last couple of years is now available in the Transfer Portal. Luther Muhammad, who decided to transfer from Ohio State two days ago, averaged 7.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 25.9 minutes during his time with the Buckeyes. He shot 37.8 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from 3-point range and 79.9 percent from the free-throw line.
But more importantly, Muhammad has been Ohio State’s best on-ball defender in years and has routinely been given the assignment to shut down the opposing team’s best player.
According to Muhammad, “Everyone who plays basketball likes to score, but what is scoring if your guy is also scoring? It’s better when you score and also you’re getting a stop and your man’s not scoring, because if you score 20 and your man scores 20, you really ain’t score.” Although Muhammad struggled at times offensively, he remained a starter for the Buckeyes due to his incredible shutdown defense.
Muhammad, a 6’3 guard from New Jersey, has two years of eligibility remaining and has been in contact with several programs since deciding to enter the Transfer Portal, including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona State, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Kansas State, Rutgers, UCLA and West Virginia.
Looking at West Virginia’s roster next season, Muhammad is the absolutely perfect fit for the Mountaineers. West Virginia is in need of more depth at the guard position and a defensive stopper is precisely what they need at that position.
Taz Sherman and Sean McNeil are offensive scorers and very capable defenders, but they are not the type of lockdown defenders that you can put on the opposing team’s best player and expect them to shut down him down. Muhammad is the exact player that West Virginia needs to complete their roster and put themselves into position to compete for a national championship next season.