Morgantown, West Virginia – Former West Virginia Mountaineers Jordan McCabe, Emmitt Matthews, Jr. and Isaiah Cottrell could soon team up to form a true powerhouse trio in the Mountain West Conference.
McCabe, who was the starting point guard for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels last season, averaged 6.4 points and 4.8 assists per game and improved statistically in virtually every offensive category in his first season in Las Vegas.
Today, Isaiah Cottrell is visiting UNLV on his second official visit since leaving the West Virginia basketball program. Cottrell, who is originally from Las Vegas, was one of the top recruits in Nevada out of high school, and a return home almost makes too much sense.
Although Cottrell struggled last season following a devastating injury during his freshman year, he is a massive talent who has an incredibly bright future ahead of him. A former four star recruit, Cottrell has the rare combination of size, athleticism and shooting ability that makes him a very difficult player to guard when he’s healthy.
Cottrell’s only other official visit has been to the University of Washington, which he visited last week. The Huskies may have had a real chance to land him before his former teammate, Emmitt Matthews, Jr., transferred from the school yesterday.
Now, with McCabe already at UNLV and Cottrell likely close to committing there, the obvious decision for Matthews is to reunite with his former Mountaineer teammates in Las Vegas.
Remember, McCabe and Matthews were extremely close during their time at West Virginia, were a part of the same 2018 recruiting class and spent three years together in Morgantown before both deciding to transfer.
McCabe, Matthews and Cottrell all reuniting in Las Vegas would not only be must-watch television for West Virginia fans, they also would have the ability to compete for a conference championships and perhaps make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
If/when Isaiah Cottrell commits to play for UNLV, watch for Emmitt Matthews, Jr. to follow his former teammates and finish his collegiate career in Las Vegas.