MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The West Virginia Mountaineers hosted another big name from the transfer portal, RaeQuan Battle, the 27th ranked player available according to 247 Sports.
Battle, a 6’5 guard from Tulalip, Washington, visited Morgantown this weekend and was reportedly impressed with the West Virginia facilities and coaching staff. Battle averaged 17.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game this past season at Montana State and is the exact type of player the Mountaineers need to complete their starting lineup.
Battle’s elite athleticism and jumping ability make him an ideal fit at West Virginia and he has proven that he can compete against the very best competition. In the NCAA Tournament this past March, Battle scored 27 points in an opening round loss to Kansas State, shooting 9-17 from the field, 3-5 from three point range and 6-8 from the foul line.
Battle left Morgantown without committing publicly, but his social media footprint since he left West Virginia has been very promising for the Mountaineers. In the last two days, he has followed assistant coach Josh Eilert, new starting point guard Kerr Kriisa, West Virginia University student Chris McGrath, as well as WVU’s Director of On-Campus Recruiting, Taylor West. Although that is not a guarantee that he will ultimately commit to play for the Mountaineers, it is certainly a very good sign.
In addition, sources close to the situation have said that Battle must first complete this year of school at Montana State before he can actually commit anywhere else in order to be eligible to play next season. This is due to the fact that he has already transferred in the past and this would be his second transfer.
It’s very possible that Battle has already quietly “committed” to play for the Mountaineers and won’t make the announcement until he finishes up classes this semester.
West Virginia has been searching for a big wing who can shoot the three and defend to complete their starting rotation and may just have found that player in RaeQuan Battle!
— The Voice of Morgantown (@voicemorgantown) April 25, 2023