Huggins Building a Powerhouse Through the Portal

Morgantown, West Virginia – With the addition of former Texas center Tre Mitchell, the West Virginia Mountaineers have moved up to the #2 team in the nation in incoming transfers.

While Bob Huggins has not been a fan or proponent of the new transfer rules, Huggins is now learning to play the game and is actually doing quite well at landing some of the top available players in the nation.

“I didn’t like the transfer portal,” Huggins said. “I like the transfer portal now. You can now pick the mature guys that you know are going to play the way you want to play instead of these younger guys that you aren’t sure about.”

Huggins and his staff have been on a tear attempting to rebuild their roster from last season, which saw seniors Taz Sherman, Gabe Osabuohien, Pauly Paulicap, Malik Curry and Dimon Carrigan leave the team, and former players Jalen Bridges, Isaiah Cottrell and Sean McNeil transfer to new schools.

The Mountaineers have since added Joe Toussaint, a 6’0 point guard from Iowa who was rated as a five star transfer, Erik Stevenson, a 6’4 senior guard from South Carolina who averaged 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds last season, Emmitt Matthews, a senior forward with tons of experience and incredible athleticism, as well as JUCO bigs Mohamed Wague and Jimmy Bell, Jr.

Although Huggins had a massive rebuild on his hands, he’s essentially done everything in his power to make the Mountaineers competitive in the offseason. Although it seemed very unlikely that West Virginia could compete in the Big 12 Conference next year after so many players left the team last season, Huggins has adjusted and truly worked miracles in the transfer portal.

If former Texas star Courtney Ramey commits to West Virginia, which is a very real possibility, this is a team that is more than capable of winning the Big 12 and/or making a deep run in March.