Sagaba Konate Joins Best Virginia

Morgantown, West Virginia - Moments ago, it was announced on the Final Fourcast that former West Virginia forward Sagaba Konate has committed to play for Best Virginia, the West Virginia alumni team, this summer in The Tournament! Konate is West Virginia’s all-time leader in block shots and currently plays for PAOK of the Greek Basket League. https://twitter.com/finalfourcast/status/1389232774868086786?s=21

Phoenix Suns Eliminate Los Angeles Lakers From 2021 NBA Playoffs

Morgantown, West Virginia - The Phoenix Suns have eliminated the defending world champions from the 2021 NBA Playoffs, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 113-100 in Game 6 of the series. Forner West Virginia Mountaineers guard Jevon Carter did not see minutes in game six and only played 8 minutes in the entire series, finishing 0-3 from the field and 0-2 from the foul line. The Suns were led by a tremendous performance from former Kentucky Wildcats guard Devin Booker, who had 47 points on 15-22 from the field.  Booker also had 11 rebounds and 3 assists. https://twitter.com/jalenbridgess/status/1400649434707468288?s=21 The Suns will now move on to play the Denver Nuggets in the western conference semifinals.  Jevon Carter is expected to play more minutes against the Nuggets than he did against the Lakers. Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals is Monday, June 7th at 10:00PM. Carter averaged 4.1 points, 1.5, assists and 1.2, rebounds per game for the Suns in the regular season.  

Sean McNeil Makes it OFFICIAL

Morgantown, West Virginia - Sean McNeil had made official what we reported earlier today…he’s coming back for another year at West Virginia University! McNeil, a 6'3 sharpshooter who averaged 12.2 points per game last season for the Mountaineers, previously entered his name into the 2021 NBA Draft with the possibility of returning to college. McNeil shot 89% from the free throw line, 39% from three point range last season and is expected to be the starting shooting guard for the Mountaineers next season. Prior to coming to West Virginia University, McNeil led the nation in scoring, averaging 29.7 points per game at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. McNeil scored a season-high 26 points last season in a huge win on the road at Texas Tech.  McNeil's return for his senior season is huge for a West Virginia team that has already lost Derek Culver, Emmitt Matthews Jr., Jordan McCabe and Miles "Deuce" McBride.

WVU Coaches Celebrate NBA Draft with Miles McBride

Morgantown, West Virginia - Bob Huggins and his assistant coaches Erik Martin and Ron Everhart will be with Miles "Deuce" McBride during the 2021 NBA Draft tonight! McBride's watch party will take place at Moeller High, the high school he attended in Cincinnati, Ohio before coming to West Virginia University. Huggins said the following on his official social media accounts: "So proud of you, Deuce.  Happy we could be here celebrating today with you." https://twitter.com/CoachHuggs/status/1420886951545262082?s=20 McBride, who averaged 15.8 points, 4.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game last season for the Mountaineers, is considered anywhere from a mid first round or early second round pick in the tonight's draft. The 2021 NBA Draft will be shown live on ESPN and ABC tonight at 8:00 from Brooklyn, New York.

Derek Culver Signs Pro Deal

Morgantown, West Virginia - Moments ago, former West Virginia Mountaineers forward Derek Culver announced on his personal social media account that he has signed with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA G League! Culver, who left West Virginia one season early to enter the 2021 NBA Draft, will join former Mountaineers standout Daxter Miles, Jr. on the Mad Ants. Culver captioned his picture: “Year 1.  Step 1.” Congratulations to Derek Culver! Check out The Voice of Motown Podcast’s outstanding interview with Culver here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/interview-with-derek-culver-former-wvu-basketball-star/id1586381395?i=1000539533296

Miles McBride Scores First Career Points for the New York Knicks

Morgantown, West Virginia - Former West Virginia Mountaineers guard Miles "Deuce" McBride hasn't had many opportunities to play so far as a rookie in the NBA this season, but tonight, McBride played four minutes and got his first career points for the New York Knicks! McBride, in only his 2nd appearance of the season, guarded Devin Booker, one of the NBA's top young players, and made a steal and then took the ball full court for a layup. https://twitter.com/nyknicks/status/1464417591955447816?s=20 https://twitter.com/KnicksMSGN/status/1464416992656605190?s=20 Although the Knicks lost to the Suns 118-97, this was perhaps the start of Miles McBride's incredibly bright future with the team.  Hopefully McBride's defensive effort and hustle will get him more minutes in the Knicks' rotation for upcoming games.

Former Mountaineers Point Guard Says He Has A Lot of Love for West Virginians

Morgantown, West Virginia - Mountaineer Sports wrote an article about former West Virginia Mountaineers point guard Jordan McCabe, who now plays for the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. McCabe, who transferred from West Virginia following last season, is seeing increased minutes and productivity this season at UNLV. McCabe, the starting pointing guard for the Runnin' Rebels, is averaging 7.3 points, 5.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 30.0 minutes per game this season. Last season with the Mountaineers, McCabe averaged only 2.2 points and 1.4 assists in 11.0 minutes per game. McCabe said the following about the Mountaineer Sports' article: "Don't see this a ton from a school you transfer from. Got a ton of love for the people of West Virginia and my boys still there killin' this season." Great to see that Jordan McCabe has found success at his new home and still appreciates the love and support from his former team! https://twitter.com/JordanMcCabe5/status/1475207437762560000?s=20

Emmitt Matthews Receives Disturbing Messages From Fan

Morgantown, West Virginia - Former West Virginia forward Emmitt Matthews Jr. left the Mountaineers after last season following three seasons in Morgantown. Matthews, who is originally from Tacoma, Washington, returned home to play for the Washington Huskies. In his first season with the Huskies, Matthews is a starter for the team and is averaging 11.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.4 assists in over 32 minutes per game. Despite a relatively solid start for Matthews, he has faced criticism from fans of the 9-8 Washington Huskies. Today, Matthews posted direct messages he received on his personal social media accounts. Please be advised prior to reading that these messages are very graphic and unsettling. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Matthews has received messages like this. Matthews also spoke out after last season about “fans” sending hateful, threatening messages following West Virginia losses.  

WVU Falls to Oklahoma State

(Photo by Gary Schlomer - Voice of Motown)    After a promising start on Saturday evening, the West Virginia Mountaineers fell to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater, 81-58.   Things quickly began to derail in the second half after the Cowboys took a 36-30 lead into the intermission. The Mountaineers simply could not buy a basket, shooting a horrendous 13% from the field at one point after the game resumed. Though this was an Oklahoma State team that has struggled and has no postseason hopes this year, their heart simply outmatched West Virginia's.   Taz Sherman, who has been WVU's best player on the season, was once again the lone bright spot on the court. Unfortunately, his efforts just weren't enough to elevate the Mountaineers in this Big 12 contest. West Virginia returns to action on Monday night as they travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the Kansas State Wildcats. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. with the broadcast taking place on ESPN2.

Instant Reaction Following West Virginia’s Huge Win Against Kansas State

Kansas City, Missouri - The West Virginia Mountaineers lived to see another day by beating the Kansas State Wildcats 73-67 in the opening round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament. West Virginia looked like they didn't want their season to end.  There were several games this season where the Mountaineers didn't appear to care whether they won or they lost. Tonight - with their season on the line - there was some real urgency. Seniors Sean McNeil and Malik Curry in particular had strong showings and looked like they refused to let the Mountaineers lose tonight. McNeil had his best game in a long time, finishing with 21 points on 7-10 from the field and 3-5 from three point range. Malik Curry was aggressive getting to the basket, adding 17 points off the bench. West Virginia finally shot the ball well.   The Mountaineers were 28-53 from the field (53%), 6-16 (38%) from three point range and 11-14 (79%) from the foul line. If they shoot like that, West Virginia can beat anyone in the conference. One more win could change West Virginia's entire season around.  Beating Kansas tomorrow in the 2nd round would completely erase all of the disappointment of this extraordinarily frustrating season. Having said that, it will take an incredible effort by the Mountaineers to beat the top-ranked Jayhawks. But, on a neutral court and with their backs against the wall, West Virginia is certainly capable of pulling off the huge upset, particularly if they go on a run like they did late in the second half of tonight's game. The Mountaineers will play Kansas tomorrow at 3:00PM in the second round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament.  

Frank Martin Accepts Head Coaching Position

Morgantown, West Virginia - Frank Martin, a former assistant coach for Bob Huggins at Cincinnati and Kansas State, was fired last week by the University of South Carolina. Martin, 55, was the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks from 2012-2022. When Martin was fired, many thought that he could wind up being an assistant for his close friend Bob Huggins at West Virginia University. However, that will not happen now. Martin has agreed to become the new head coach at UMASS. Martin and UMASS are finalizing the contract details and an official announcement will be made later today and a press conference will be held early next week. https://twitter.com/mattvautour424/status/1507316147879915527?s=21

West Virginia Basketball is Nowhere Near as Talented as Last Season

Morgantown, West Virginia - With the signing of Jimmy Bell, Jr., the West Virginia Mountaineers have one scholarship remaining to fill for next year's team. Bell, who averaged 9.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game at junior college Moberly last season, is an underwhelming addition to the roster. 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. Gaining Joe Toussaint, Erik Stevenson, Mohamed Wague and Jimmy Bell in the portal certainly showed that Huggins was willing to make the effort to rebuild his team with transfers, but this combination of players simply isn't as good 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? There's little doubt that West Virginia will rebound better next 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'll likely be a nightmare next year. While it's easy to label last year's roster "soft" and "entitled", the players who left were talented in ways that next year's team just won't be. https://twitter.com/voicemorgantown/status/1515845834612645893?s=20&t=fFPv8sbW7Shy3JCiokg8wQ

Courtney Ramey Has Made His Decision

Morgantown, West Virginia - Bob Huggins and his coaching staff have done a tremendous job of rebuilding his depleted roster during the offseason, but the Mountaineers still lacked a true scoring threat. The Mountaineers hoped fill that void by adding Courtney Ramey, a 6'3 combo guard, who averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in his four seasons with the Texas Longhorns. However, Ramey announced moments ago that he will attend Arizona. Ramey was one of the top remaining transfers in the nation, but recently narrowed his list down to West Virginia, Purdue and Arizona. https://twitter.com/justinesports/status/1535345661511540736?s=21&t=qaXXowmxm7vkqBkqZRBoeg

BREAKING: Pitt’s Top Recruit Arrested

According to Pittsburgh Sports, star freshman Dior Johnson has been arrested. Johnson, who is a five-star recruit, is facing charges of aggravated assault which includes strangulation. He is also facing misdemeanor charges of unlawful restraint. The University of Pittsburgh has yet to comment on the matter, but it can be expected that they will in the coming days. Stay tuned to The Voice of Motown for updates.

Huggins Extremely Unhappy With Player Effort and Performance in Loss

Cover Photo: AP  Cincinnati, Ohio - The West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2) fell apart late to lose to Xavier (6-3), 84-74 in the Big East/Big 12 Challenge. Following the game, head coach Bob Huggins was clearly unhappy with his team's performance, particularly late in the second half. Here's what Coach Huggins had to say after the loss: "We didn't guard and we didn't make shots in the second half. We had a chance to stay in the game and we missed consecutive shots. They went on the other end and they made consecutive shots. We didn't play defense. They played defense. It's all about attitude. We were a totally different team in the second half. We got in foul trouble. We didn't come back and respond in the way that you would hope that they would. We missed so many layups. We missed so many second-chance points. We missed wide open jump shots. We didn't capitalize on what we should have. The reality is, we gave them obviously too many second shots. We got second shots and we didn't finish them. We missed way too many free throws. They made shots at the end and we didn't. I hope our guys learned that I'm not going to put the West Virginia fans through what they went through last year. These guys have maybe one more chance and then we'll find guys that do what is asked of them. We'll clean it up."