Troubled Star Could Be Exactly What West Virginia Needs Right Now

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The West Virginia Mountaineers are currently 3-5 overall and in dead last place in the Big 12 Conference after losing several players for various reasons during the offseason. The Mountaineers are only able to rotate 7-8 players a game and just don’t have the depth to compete right now.

With that said, Kerr Kriisa will return at point guard soon and RaeQuan Battle’s ongoing issue with the NCAA could potentially be resolved, but even then, the Mountaineers still need more depth, particularly in the interior.

Two days ago, Kansas State dismissed star forward Nae’Qwan Tomlin from the team after a s disorderly conduct arrest more than a month ago. Tomlin, who averaged 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game for the Wildcats in 36 games last season, was previously suspended in October for “”for not living up to expectations we require of our players.”

Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor released a statement yesterday saying the following: “I have been monitoring this situation and overseeing Nae’Qwan’s suspension with Coach Tang’s involvement. While we cannot share the specifics that have led to this outcome due to the reasons stated above, K-State Athletics can now share that Nae’Qwan Tomlin will no longer be able to continue with the K-State men’s basketball team. This decision was not made lightly by me, but it is the decision warranted by the circumstances that brought it to bear.”

On his Instagram stories on Wednesday, Tomlin posted: “But I want to be free, free, free,” lyrics from singer Deniece Williams’ 1976 song “Free.”

With West Virginia desperately in need of front court help, Tomlin is just the right risk worth taking. Although he has had issues off the court during his time at Kansas State, he is exactly what the Mountaineers need right now on the court, and with the team quickly going downhill, why not take a risk at this point?

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Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.