Morgantown, West Virginia – Jalen Bridges has been forced to take a larger role on the team by entering the starting lineup since Oscar Tshiebwe left the team, and he has been a real bright spot for the Mountaineers since he’s become a starter.

Jalen Bridges, the 6’7 small forward originally from “up the road in Fairmont, WV”, is averaging only 4.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game, but he’s been very consistent – particularly for a freshman – since being inserted into the starting lineup, shooting 49.4% from the field and 40.5% from three point range.

Following West Virginia’s win on the road at TCU last night, West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins said the following of his freshman:  “West Virginians should be very proud of one of their own.  Not only has Jalen become a really good Big 12 Conference player, he’s also a really class human being.  West Virginia should be really proud of Jalen Bridges.”

Jalen Bridges is a hometown player that could have played virtually anywhere in the country, but he chose to stay home and represent his state.  Jalen Bridges is the very definition of a true Mountaineer and he continues to make the state of West Virginia very proud.