West Virginia Soars Up Preseason Rankings

Morgantown, West Virginia – Following West Virginia’s 1st round loss to Maryland in the NCAA Tournament, the Mountaineers lost a tremendous amount of talent, including Erik Stevenson, Emmitt Matthews, Jr. and Kedrian Johnson. However, Bob Huggins and his coaching staff have been very active, adding key pieces during the offseason.

According to Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports’ host of College Hoops Today, the Mountaineers are now one of the 45 best teams in the country. Two weeks ago, West Virginia did not appear on “ROTHSTEIN 45”, which is a way-too-early look at the top 45 teams in college basketball. But with the addition of Kerr Kriisa and Jesse Edwards, West Virginia is now 34th in Rothstein’s Top 45.

Rothstein had the following to say about the Mountaineers: “Bob Huggins is embracing PORTAL KOMBAT. West Virginia has added two impact starters – Kerr Kriisa (Arizona) and Jesse Edwards (Syracuse) – during the offseason and is now 34th in the ROTHSTEIN 45.”

34. West Virginia
Projected Starting 5:

G Kerr Kriisa
G Joe Touissant
G Jose Perez
F Tre Mitchell
C Jesse Edwards
Projected Bench: Kobe Johnson, James Okonkwo, Patrick Suemnick, Mohamed Wague, Jimmy Bell, Seth Wilson, Omar Silverio
Key Newcomers: Kerr Kriisa (Arizona), Jesse Edwards (Syracuse), Omar Silverio (Manhattan), Jose Perez (Manhattan)
Key Losses: Erik Stevenson, Emmitt Matthews Jr., Kedrian Johnson
Seniors With Additional Eligibility: Jimmy Bell