Jose Perez entered the transfer portal earlier in the week and is already getting major attention from top programs around the country.
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — West Virginia guard Jose Perez officially entered the transfer portal this week and has received interest from some of the top programs in college basketball in the past couple of days.
Perez, a 6’5 guard who averaged 8.9 points per game in 2021-22 and was First-Team All-MAAC at Manhattan, sat out last season due to eligibility issues and didn’t play a single for the Mountaineers. Despite his lack of experience at the highest level of college basketball, several programs are interested in him.
According to multiple sources, the two programs that have pursued him the most aggressively have been Michigan and Gonzaga. In addition, California and Oregon have also been mentioned, among several other schools who have reached out.
Although Perez has done well at Gardner-Webb, averaging 15 points per game, and at Manhattan, averaging nearly 19 points per game, he has only shot 29% from three point range in his last three seasons. In addition, in his one season at Marquette, during the 2020-2021 season, he averaged only 3.1 points per game.
Perez is a very good player at a lower level, but at the Power 5 level, he is very unproven and likely not worth the headache that he brings to the program. Perez is reportedly willing to consider coming back to West Virginia, but the Mountaineers would be wise to move on from this lifelong journeyman who has brought nothing but drama to the WVU basketball program over the last year.
Schools West Virginia transfer Jose Perez is hearing from the most, per source:
A handful of others are also involved.
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