West Virginia Needs This Missing Piece of the Puzzle

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The West Virginia Mountaineers’ basketball team has been decimated by the transfer portal this offseason following the arrest and resignation of Bob Huggins.

However, Jay Kuntz, the Director of Personnel/Recruiting at WVU, is a miracle-worker and continues to attract top talent available in the transfer portal.

One player that just entered the portal is Quinn Slazinski. Slazinski, a 6’9 forward from Houston, Texas, played at Huntington Prep in West Virginia during high school, where he averaged 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists on a balanced team that posted a 20-5 record and was selected to the All-USA West Virginia Boys Basketball Team second team.

After high school, Slazinski played at Louisville for two seasons before transferring to play for Rick Pitino at Iona, where he averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season. When Pitino took the job at St. John’s Slazinski followed his coach there, but ultimately decided to re-enter the transfer portal yesterday.

Now available, Slazinski is one of the top names available in the portal and West Virginia  would be an absolutely perfect fit. The Mountaineers desperately need an interior player after losing Tre Mitchell, Mohamed Wague and James Okonkwo to the transfer portal this offseason.

Andrew Slater of Cerebro Sports seemed to indicate that West Virginia has the inside track on Slazinski on a social media post this morning. If it happens, Slazinski would likely immediately be inserted into the starting lineup next to Jesse Edwards and would provide the Mountaineers with a veteran presence to replace the talented players lost during the offseason.