Morgantown, West Virginia – According to CBS Sports Jon Rothstein, the West Virginia Mountaineers will enter the 2021-2022 season as the 14th best team in the nation following the announcement by Taz Sherman that he will return for another season in Morgantown.

Prior to Sherman’s announcement, the Mountaineers were unranked in the preseason poll.

However, this ranking is also predicated on the returns of Sean McNeil and Miles “Deuce” McBride, both who decided to test the 2021 NBA Draft waters and have not decided if they will remain in the draft or return for another season at West Virginia.

Rothstein currently has West Virginia’s starting lineup as follows:

PG McBride

G McNeil

G Sherman

F Cottrell

C Osabuohien

Although Rothstein has McBride penciled in as the starting point guard for the 2021-2022 Mountaineers, he is now projected as a late first round/early second round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and its rumored that he is likely to leave.

With that said, Malik Curry, a senior transfer point guard from Old Dominion, averaged 15.7 points, 3.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game last season, and he will be a fine replacement for McBride should Deuce ultimately decide to remain in the draft.

With or without McBride, this West Virginia Mountaineers team is deep and capable of being a top 10-15 team in the country next season.