West Virginia’s newest player, RaeQuan Battle, is already raising eyebrows inside the Mountaineers’ basketball practice facility.
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — West Virginia has put together one of the top transfer classes in the nation this offseason, adding Jose Perez, Omar Silverio, Kerr Kriisa, Jesse Edwards and most recently, RaeQuan Battle.
Although some of the other transfer additions got more attention, Battle could potentially be the absolute steal of the class. Battle, a 6’5 guard from Tulalip, Washington, averaged 17.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game this past season at Montana State.
Prior to his one season at Montana State, Battle played for the Washington Huskies. Battle is a former Top 100 prospect and a four star recruit out of high school. He is currently the 27th ranked player in the transfer portal according to 247 Sports. Battle, who has elite athleticism and jumping ability, also heard from multiple major programs around the country, including Kansas State, Cal, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson, Louisville, LSU, UCLA, Alabama, Oregon and many others.
In the NCAA Tournament this past March, Battle scored 27 points in an opening round loss to Kansas State, shooting 9-17 from the field, 3-5 from three point range and 6-8 from the foul line. West Virginia has been searching for a big wing who can shoot the three and defend to complete their starting rotation and may just have found that player in RaeQuan Battle.
Earlier today, former West Virginia reserve player, John Flowers, who averaged 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game during his ho-hum career with the Mountaineers, came away very impressed with what he saw from Battle at the West Virginia basketball practice facility.
Flowers said the following today on his social media account: “All I have to say is…RaeQuan mutha fuggin Battle…omg.” Erik Stevenson, a guard for the Mountaineers last season, replied, “Told you.”
Battle is expected to be in the starting lineup for the loaded West Virginia team during this upcoming season.
All I have to say is … Raquan mutha fuggin Battle …omg
— john flowers (@jflow41) June 8, 2023