Could Pat Suemnick Return to West Virginia?

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Following the 2023-2024 basketball season, PATRICK SUEMNICK announced that he was leaving the West Virginia program and entering the transfer portal. In his farewell message, Suemnick said, "It has been an honor to suit up in the blue and gold for the past 2 years. I will cherish the memories and relationships I've built forever. Thank you to Coach Huggins for giving me the opportunity to play for such a great program and University. Thank you to the coaching staff and teammates who went to battle with me get to where I am today. With that being said, I have decided to enter the transfer portal with 1 year of eligibility left." https://twitter.com/SuemnickPatrick/status/1778130607492542573 Suemnick, a 6'8 forward from Green Bay, Wisconsin, averaged 4.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Mountaineers last season, weighed his options and ultimately decided to transfer to DePaul University, saying "Had to accept the Demaons are part of me" in a social media post. https://twitter.com/SuemnickPatrick/status/1784255983574810821 However, yesterday, Suemnick shockingly revealed that he would no longer be attending DePaul. "After careful consideration and discussions with my family and mentors, I have decided to reopen my collegiate recruitment," Suemnick said. "I am grateful for all the support and opportunities thus far and look forward to exploring new ventures." https://twitter.com/SuemnickPatrick/status/1801358100915699765 With that, the obvious thought is "why doesn't Pat Suemnick just return to West Virginia?" After all, the Mountaineers have a slot available, he's a big body which the team desperately needs, he's an outstanding teammate and he's precisely the type of player who would trive under new head coach Darian DeVries. He is familiar with the program and is a terrific role player who would be a perfect final piece for the West Virginia roster. It almost makes too much sense.   However, according to a source close to the situation, it's very unlikely. According to the source, "no one who played or was recruited by Bob Huggins will be back on the team." Apparently, DeVries and perhaps Wren Baker want to completely move on from the Huggins' Era, and unfortunately that means anyone associated with Coach Huggins would be asked to find a new home. With that said, although Suemnick would be a great addition to the current roster, it appears that it is very unlikely to happen. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1801772971431731352

Jerry West Has Passed Away

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Moments ago, the heartbreaking news of the death of Jerry West was announced on social media. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1800887139842064633 West, 86, a native of Chelyan, West Virginia, was a star guard for the West Virginia Mountaineers from 1957-1960, and then went to play for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974. At West Virginia University, "Zeke from Cabin Creek" was a two-time All-American and averaged 24.8 ppg. The team reached the NCAA championship game in 1959 but lost to the University of California. His #44 was retired by West Virginia University and a statue honoring him stands outside of the WVU Coliseum. He was the #2 overall pick in the 1960 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakes. While with the Lakers, he was a 14-time NBA All-Star and considered one of the greatest professional players ever.  He finished his incredible career with 25,192 points (27 points per game), 5,366 rebounds (5.8 per game) and 6,238 assists (6.7 per game). Since retiring as a player, he has been active in the NBA as an executive with the LA Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers. He reportedly passed away peacefully this morning with his wife Karen by his side. This is a huge loss for the state of West Virginia, for West Virginia University, for the game of basketball and for the entire world in general. Rest in Peace, Logo. https://twitter.com/CourtsideBuzzX/status/1800887313406521690

Noah Farrakhan Finds New Home

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Moments ago, former West Virginai Mountaineers guard Noah Farrakhan announced on his social media account that he has found a new home. Farrakhan, a 6'1 senior from Hillside, New Jersey, will continue his career at Hampton University.  Farrakhan played one season with the Mountaineers, averaging 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his lone year with the team. Prior to playing at West Virginia, Farrakhan played at Eastern Michigan, where he started 28 of 31 games played, averaging 12.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 0.7 steals Although he showed flashes of brilliance at times last season, he struggled with consistency, shooting 40.9% from the field and 35.1% from three point range. West Virginia finished the season 9-23 overall and 4-14 in the Big 12 Conference. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1799611834263117987

WVU Secures 2024 Commit

Morgantown, WV - Moments ago, Darian DeVries and the Mountaineers added to their 2024 recruiting class. Dylan Jay, a 6’4” shooting guard from Phoenix Prep, committed to WVU, via social media. https://twitter.com/dylanjjay/status/1799164899710607858?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Jay averaged 23 points per game during the 2023-24 season. He adds depth to a roster that DeVries has spent the entirety of his time in Morgantown rebuilding. It's unclear at this time if Jay will be a scholarship player, or simply a walk on for the team next season. With the addition of Jay, the Mountaineers now have the following scholarship players on the roster:  G Javon Small, G Jayden Stone, F Tucker DeVries, F Amani Hansberry, C Eduardo Andre, G/F Toby Okani, G Sencire Harris, F Ofri Naveh, G/F Jonathan Powell, G Joseph Yesufu, and G KJ Tenner. Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for recruiting updates. (Photo by WVU Athletics)  Take a look at Dylan Jay's junior highlights below: https://youtu.be/RZoWcLx7Y-o?si=VWE3IVafnM-OlNNq https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1799175002933125471

Josh Eilert Hired as an Assistant Coach

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Moments ago, it was revealed that former West Virginai interim head coach Josh Eilert has been hired as an assistant coach at Utah. Eilert, 43, finished last season 9-23 overall and spent 16 years working under Bob Huggins as a video coordinator, assistant coach and assistant athletic director for basketball operations. Hewas put into an extremely difficult situation after Huggins was arrested for a DUI and forced to resign as head coach prior to the start of last season. Head coach Craig Smith made the announcement, saying, "We're thrilled to have Josh and his wonderful family join the Utah men's basketball program. Josh is an excellent coach in all facets. He is well rounded in all phases of the game and articulates the game in a clear and concise manner. Josh has an excellent background in player development and will specifically work with the 'bigs' in our program. He also has a vast knowledge of the Big 12, having played and coached in it for nearly two decades; which will be very impactful as we head into that conference this season." Eilert had the following to say about his new position: "I would like to thank Coach Smith and the University of Utah administration for this incredible opportunity," Eilert said. "I have an immense amount of respect for Coach Smith for the way in which he runs his program and the success he has had along the way. I am thrilled to remain a member of the Big 12 Conference, a league that I have spent 17 years in. My family and I are eager to join the Salt Lake City community and represent the University of Utah and this storied basketball program! Go Utes!" https://twitter.com/UtahMBB/status/1798825006056751490 Eilert faced tremendous adversity during his one season as interim head coach with multiple players transferring, injuries and player suspensions, but he handled it with class and integrity, and he should be commended for that. Best of luck to Josh and his family during their new adventure! https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1798826945733689504

West Virginia Adds Talented Australian Player

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- The West Virginia Mountaineers basketball team continues to add big-time talent and completely reshape their roster heading into the 2024-2025 season under new head coach Darian DeVries. Moments ago, the Mountaineers added talented senior JAYDEN STONE, a 6'4 guard originally from Australia. Stone, who averaged 20.8 points (2nd in the Horizon League), 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game at Detroit Mercy last season, was considered to be one of the best available players remaining in the transfer portal. During the 2022-2023 season, Stone averaged 13.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 51.9% from three point range. https://twitter.com/hoopscoopmedia/status/1798133799299231817?s=46 However, Detroit Mercy finished 1-31 last season and Stone was looking for a new opportunity to win big at, and West Viginia has pushed hard to land him. New West Virginia general manager Nelson Hernandez referenced a "sniper" last night in a post on social media, which was clearly indicating that the Mountaineers have landed a talented shooter, and Stone certainly fits that mold. https://twitter.com/NelsonElliot718/status/1797809703902466197 According to Busting Brackets, "Stone was tied with David Coit for being the top individual scorer in the NCAA Basketball transfer portal. He averaged 36 mpg on a team that won just one total game this past season but Stone managed to put up some big games, including  34 points against Eastern Michigan and 36 points and 10 rebounds in triple-double versus RMU. On a better roster, Stone could be a legit addition to boost a team’s offense." In high school, he prepped at Central Park Christian High School in Alabama but then transferred to Sacred Heart High School in Alabama for his junior season and Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas for his senior year. Stone was considered of the top prospects in the state of Alabama, where he was named 2019 Alabama 2A Player of the Year and First Team All-State as a junior as he tallied 21.2 points and 10.2 rebounds, leading his team to a runner-up appearance in Class 2A. Check out his transfer portal highlights below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRFbZ5Dl4tA

West Virginia Expected to Add Two Players in the Coming Days

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- The West Virginia Mountaineers basketball team continues to add big-time talent and completely reshape their roster heading into the 2024-2025 season under new head coach Darian DeVries. Two players that the WVU coaching staff has focused in on are both talented transfers who can contribute to the Mountaineers immediately. JAYDEN STONE, 6'4 guard originally from Australia. Stone, who averaged 20.8 points (2nd in the Horizon League), 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game at Detroit Mercy last season, is considered to be one of the best available players remaining in the transfer portal. During the 2022-2023 season, Stone averaged 13.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 51.9% from three point range. However, Detroit Mercy finished 1-31 last season and Stone was looking for a new opportunity to win big at, and West Viginia has pushed hard to land him. https://youtu.be/xRFbZ5Dl4tA New West Virginia general manager Nelson Hernandez referenced a "sniper" last night in a post on social media, which was clearly indicating that the Mountaineers have landed a talented shooter, and Stone certainly fits that mold. https://twitter.com/NelsonElliot718/status/1797809703902466197 I've been told that Stone to West Virginia is essentially done and that it's simply a matter of getting him on campus and working out his waiver situation. But Stone is locked in and almost certainly will end up committing to play for the Mountaineers very soon. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1797987872500548016 In addition, DUNCAN POWELL, a 6'8 sophomore forward from Dallas, Texas, will be in Morgantown for an official visit starting tomorrow (Tuesday) through Thursday, and again, this is a player that the coaching staff has really targeted to fill out the roster.  Powell averaged 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game at Sacramento State last night, and is exceptionally versatile athlete who can play multiple positions. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1798053816140771515   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adrb75Q9ztU The Mountaineers have already added Drake's Tucker DeVries, Sencire Harris and Amani Hansberry from Illinois, Toby Okani from UIC, Eduardo Andre from Fresno State, Javon Small (Oklahoma State) and former Washington State player Joseph Yesufu.

Joe Mazzulla On Track To Be Best Of All-Time

Morgantown, WV - It seems like an eternity ago that Joe Mazzulla suited up for the Old Gold and Blue. A lot has changed between then and now. Mazulla, now the head coach of the Boston Celtics, is one win away from his first NBA Finals appearance in his career. In only his second season with the Celtics, Mazzulla has become a household name in the coaching ranks. According to current trajectory, Mazzulla is actually on track to one day become the greatest coach in NBA history.   As it stands, Mazzulla currently possesses the highest winning percentage in NBA history for any coach who has been a part of at least 150 games - 73.8%. https://twitter.com/ohnohedidnt24/status/1794554374691119504?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw While it is still very early into his coaching career, this is an impressive feat considering the competition he’s going up against. Will Mazzulla finish as the best coach ever? Only time will tell, but he certainly has a large hill to climb. We’ll be rooting him on from afar! (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

Javon Small Officially Signs with West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Moments ago, Javon Small officially became a Mountaineer! Small, 6’3 guard from South Bend, Indiana, committed to West Virginia weeks ago, but didn't actually sign with the team until today, which fueled rumors online. Michael Swain of Kansas website PHOG said the following yesterday: "People close to WVU commit Javon Small are still 'looking around' and Small may end up not playing for the Mountaineers next season." Swaint went on to say, "I have heard Kansas is back in the mix and is making a run at him. KU ramped up its recruiting efforts for Small in the week or so before his decision. I’ve heard some murmurs that a visit to KU has been discussed." However, Small visited Morgantown today and made it official that he will play for the Mountaineers next season! https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1792674164513591686 Small averaged 15.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for the Oklahoma State Cowboys last season. In addition, he shot 44.1% from the field, 37.4% from three point range and 86.6% from the foul line. Small will almost certainly be in the starting lineup and the team's #2 scoring option next season. West Virginia's 2024 Transfer Class:  Tucker DeVries, who has played the last year years at Drake and is the two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, averaged 21.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this season while leading the Bulldogs to a 27-6 record this season. Tucker DeVries has one year of eligibility remaining and is considerd by many to be a legit NBA prospect. Sencire Harris,  a 6’3 guard from Akron, Ohio, is known for his energy and effort defensively, and was ranked as high as the #62 prospect in the nation out of high school across different media outlets. As a freshman at Illinois, Harris averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, and then redshirted last season. Amani Hansberry,  a 6’8 forward from Baltimore, Maryland, is also a former four star recruit and was the 2023 Maryland Player of the Year. He averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game as a freshman in limited minutes last season, but he has huge upside and could potentially develop into a star player at West Virginia. Toby Okani began his career at Duquesne before transferring to UIC, where he has been a consistent starter for the last two seasons. During the 2023-2024 season, Okani averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He shot 32.0% from three point range, 39.4% from the field, and 57.1% from the free throw line. Eduardo Andre, a 6’11 senior from Luanda, Angola, averaged 7.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 block per game while shooting 60.4% from the field for the Fresno State Bulldogs last season. Joseph Yesufu, a 6'0 guard from Bolingbrook, Illinois, averaged 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in an injury-shortened season last year at Washington State.

Javon Small No Longer Committed to West Virginia?

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- This offseason has been successful for the West Virginia basketball program, landing one of the highest-ranked transfer classes in the nation in Darian DeVries' first year with the team. The Mountaineers have added Drake star Tucker DeVries, Illinois transfers Sencire Harris and Amani Hansberry, Toby Okani (UIC), Eduardo Andre (Fresno State), Joseph Yesufu (Kansas) and Javon Small (Oklahoma State), which currently ranks the program 4th in the nation behind only Arkansas, Indiana and St. John's, according to 247 Sports.  However, Small, one of the team's most prized transfer additions, has still not officially signed with the team, which has led to rumors suggesting that he may not actually end up playing for the Mountaineers next season. According to Michael Swain of Kansas website PHOG, "People close to WVU commit Javon Small are still 'looking around' and Small may end up not playing for the Mountaineers next season." Swaint went on to say, "I have heard Kansas is back in the mix and is making a run at him. KU ramped up its recruiting efforts for Small in the week or so before his decision. I’ve heard some murmurs that a visit to KU has been discussed." If true, this would obviously be devastating for the upcoming season for the Mountaineers. Small, a 6’3 guard from South Bend, Indiana, averaged 15.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for the Oklahoma State Cowboys last season. In addition, he shot 44.1% from the field, 37.4% from three point range and 86.6% from the foul line. Small would almost certainly be in the starting lineup and the team's #2 scoring option if he ends up at West Virginia. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1792383289736736870 West Virginia's 2024 Transfer Class:  Tucker DeVries, who has played the last year years at Drake and is the two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, averaged 21.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this season while leading the Bulldogs to a 27-6 record this season. Tucker DeVries has one year of eligibility remaining and is considerd by many to be a legit NBA prospect. Sencire Harris,  a 6’3 guard from Akron, Ohio, is known for his energy and effort defensively, and was ranked as high as the #62 prospect in the nation out of high school across different media outlets. As a freshman at Illinois, Harris averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, and then redshirted last season. Amani Hansberry,  a 6’8 forward from Baltimore, Maryland, is also a former four star recruit and was the 2023 Maryland Player of the Year. He averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game as a freshman in limited minutes last season, but he has huge upside and could potentially develop into a star player at West Virginia. Toby Okani began his career at Duquesne before transferring to UIC, where he has been a consistent starter for the last two seasons. During the 2023-2024 season, Okani averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He shot 32.0% from three point range, 39.4% from the field, and 57.1% from the free throw line. Eduardo Andre, a 6’11 senior from Luanda, Angola, averaged 7.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 block per game while shooting 60.4% from the field for the Fresno State Bulldogs last season. Joseph Yesufu, a 6'0 guard from Bolingbrook, Illinois, averaged 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in an injury-shortened season last year at Washington State.

Joseph Yesufu Commits to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- The West Virginia Mountaineers have added another piece of the puzzle for their developing roster. Joseph Yesufu, a 6'0 senior from Bolingbrook, Illinois, committed to play for the Mountaineers on social media moments ago. https://twitter.com/tiptonedits/status/1789844823588946271?s=46 Yesufu, a former three star recruit, initially committed to play at Drake in 2019. While at Drake, he averaged 12.8 points per game as a sophomore. He then transferred to Kansas, where he played two seasons, averaging 4.1 points per game as a junior. Last season, he played at Washington State, starting six games before suffering a hip injury, and averaged 6.2 points and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 35% from three point range. He earned a medical redshirt and another year of eligibility following his injury. In high school, Yesufu was named honorable mention all-state at Bolingbrook High School in 2018-19 and was named the Herald News Boys Basketball Player of the Yea, averaging 16.0 points per game as a senior. CAREER HONORS 2021 MVC All-Tournament Team 2021 MVC Sixth Man of the Year 2021 MVC All-Bench Team 2021 MVC Most-Improved Team 2021 MVC Scholar-Athlete West Virginia already has one of the nation's top transfer classes with Tucker DeVries, Sencire Harris, Amani Hansberry, Toby Okani, Eduardo Andre, Javon Small, Jonathan Powell committed. With Yesufu and returning forward Ofri Naveh, West Virginia now has nine scholarship players on the roster. https://youtu.be/An3BsnzkR14?si=K-0AsSPUUnCfARmr

Wren Baker Signs Contract Extension

Morgantown, WV - According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, WVU Athletic Director Wren Baker has signed a two-year contract extension. https://twitter.com/petethamel/status/1788672350617059455?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw The extension will keep Baker in Morgantown until December of 2030. Per Thamel, WVU has been pleased with Baker’s handling of the Bob Huggins debacle, as well as the progress of the football program under his leadership. https://twitter.com/petethamel/status/1788672518598873336?s=46&t=cXIQ4JQG-pp-P6qrRwLwjw Baker saw his name attached to the Missouri athletic director search earlier this year. This will serve as insurance for WVU against job openings. (Photo by WVU Athletics) 

James Long Lands New Head Coaching Position

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Moments ago, it was revealed that former West Virginia guard and assistant coach James Long will replace former head coach Dwaine Osborne (who left the program to become the associate head coach at Youngstown State) as the next head coach at the University of Charleston. Long, originally from Charleston, West Virginia, played for the Mountaineers from 2014- 2017 and averaged 1.4 points per game during his career.  He started his final game with the Mountaineers on Senior night and was also a member of the Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball First Team.  After graduating from WVU, he worked on Bob Huggins’ staff as a Video Coordinator and Assistant Coach. Long most recently was the head coach at Davidson Day School in Charlotte and also spent three seasons as the head coach at West Virginia Tech where he led the program to an overall 62-21 record. Long also has served as the head coach of the West Virginia alumni team "Best Virginia" in the TBT. Former West Virginia interm head coach Josh Eilert posted a congratulatory message on social media, saying, "Perfect fit! Excellent hire!" https://twitter.com/josheilert/status/1787506463432134878

Jonathan Powell Commits to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Moments ago, the future of the West Virginia Mountaineers' basketball program got a lot better when Jonathan Powell announced that he's committing to play for head coach Darian DeVries. Powell, a 6'6 guard from Dayton, Ohio, averaged 19.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game and was named he Division I Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year. Powell was previously committed to Xavier University and re-opened his recruitment, saying, "After a talk with my family, I have decided to reopen my recruitment and decommit from Xavier University,” Powell wrote on Instagram. “This wasn’t easy at all and took a lot out of me and my family making this decision. I want to thank the Xavier coaches for welcoming me and showing effortless love since I’ve committed. There will always be love for Xavier and the city of Cincinnati.” Powell has an impressive list of offers including Alabama, Cincinnati, Dayton, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech, among many others. Powell ranks 126th in the class of 2024, according to On3.com. He’s No. 144, according to Rivals.com and a composite 0.9405 and a 4 star recruit according to 247 Sports.  West Virginia already has one of the nation's top transfer classes with Tucker DeVries, Sencire Harris, Amani Hansberry, Toby Okani, Eduardo Andre and Javon Small, and the addition of Powell with the return of sophomore guard Ofri Naveh puts the Mountaineers at a strong eight deep. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1786902103668973648

Jonathan Powell Visiting West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia -- Earlier this evening, high school sensation Jonathan Powell confirmed to The Voice of Morgantown that he is visiting West Virginia University tomorrow. Powell told VOM, "Me and my family are coming down tomorrow morning. We shall see what the future holds." Powell, a 6'6 guard from Dayton, Ohio, averaged 19.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game and was named he Division I Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year. Powell was previously committed to Xavier University and re-opened his recruitment, saying, "After a talk with my family, I have decided to reopen my recruitment and decommit from Xavier University,” Powell wrote on Instagram. “This wasn’t easy at all and took a lot out of me and my family making this decision. I want to thank the Xavier coaches for welcoming me and showing effortless love since I’ve committed. There will always be love for Xavier and the city of Cincinnati.” Powell has an impressive list of offers including Alabama, Cincinnati, Dayton, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech, among many others. Powell ranks 126th in the class of 2024, according to On3.com. He’s No. 144, according to Rivals.com and a composite 0.9405 and a 4 star recruit according to 247 Sports.  West Virginia already has one of the nation's top transfer classes with Tucker DeVries, Sencire Harris, Amani Hansberry, Toby Okani, Eduardo Andre and Javon Small. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szRLHugeJ7E https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1786899278759178628