Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers have one remaining scholarship left and it could be used on a former member of the WVU basketball program.
Emmitt Matthews, Jr. is back in the transfer portal after playing one year with his hometown Washington Huskies, and according to West Virginia’s play-by-play announcer Tony Caridi, Matthews could return to Morgantown to finish out his collegiate career.
On the latest episode of “Three Guys Before The Game” podcast, Caridi said there is a “very strong likelihood” of Matthews returning to West Virginia.
Caridi added, “It would be like he never left. They probably still have his name above his old locker.”
Matthews, who played three seasons with the Mountaineers, averaged a career-high 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this last season with Washington.
The return of Matthews would certainly be an interesting storyline, but the Mountaineers are still desperate for a true scoring wing and Matthews seemingly does not fill that void. Matthews is a talented athlete and a terrific slasher, but he has struggled throughout his career from the field and from three point range.
Matthews, a redshirt senior, will have one year of eligibility remaining.