Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers have been very active in the transfer portal, pursuing virtually every major player who becomes available. Bob Huggins and his coaching staff have already landed Jose Perez, Omar Silverio and Jesse Edwards, and it’s clear that they are not done yet.
West Virginia has made finding a shooting wing a priority. Huggins ideally would like a scoring guard who can play tough perimeter defense to round out his starting lineup. Currently, Kerr Kriisa is locked in at the 1, Jose Perez at the 3, Tre Mitchell at the 4 and Jesse Edwards at the 5. The Mountaineers could potentially play Joe Toussaint off the ball and start him, or start Seth Wilson, Omar Silverio or Kobe Johnson, but ultimately Huggins would prefer those players to come off the bench.
Caleb Grill is in Morgantown on a visit and the Mountaineers have in touch with former Oklahoma State guard Avery Anderson, but there’s one player who just entered the portal yesterday who would fit all of the team’s needs.
Jaylon Tyson, a 6’7 wing from Plano, Texas, averaged 10.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Texas Tech Red Raiders last season and CBS Sports ranked him as the 9th best overall player in the transfer portal. Kerr Kriisa was ranked 7th and Jesse Edwards was 8th.
CBS Sports had the following to say about Tyson: “Tyson is the epitome of an all-around player and one of the most underrated two-way wings in the sport, shooting 53.8% from the field and 40.2% from three point range. He also ranked as Texas Tech’s best defender, according to evanmiya.com, while collecting 1.4 steals per contest. The former Top 40 prospect began his career at Texas but played sparingly before showing this past season why he was so highly regarded as a prospect.”
6’7. Shoots 53.8% from the field. 40.2% from three point range. And he was the top defender on a Big 12 team last season.
If Jaylon Tyson isn’t the perfect fit for the Mountaineers right now, I don’t know who is.