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.

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.