Morgantown, West Virginia – Bob Huggins and his coaching staff have been very active in the offseason, landing 6’7 three star power forward Josiah Harris from Cleveland, Ohio and Dimon Carrigan, a 6’9 senior forward who transferred from Florida International.
In addition, West Virginia has been in contact with several players in the transfer portal to replace the potential losses of Taz Sherman, Sean McNeil, Miles McBride and Derek Culver, all of who are exploring their options in the NBA.
One player in particular who recently entered the transfer portal is the dream prospect for the Mountaineers.
Jaemyn Brakefield. Brakefield, a 6’9 220 pound forward, is a former five star recruit who played for the Duke Blue Devils as a freshman last season, and graduated from Huntington Prep High School in Huntington, WV, where he was teammates with current Mountaineers Isaiah Cottrell and Seny Ndiaye.
West Virginia offered Brakefield in 2019 and he took three unofficial visits to Morgantown while in high school. In fact, Brakefield was in attendance for a West Virginia game two years ago with then-teammate Isaiah Cottrell, who he calls his “brother.”
Brakefield averaged 19.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a senior at Huntington Prep and was named the West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior. In his freshman season at Duke, Brakefield averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Brakefield has been silent about his future since announcing that he’s entered the transfer portal, but Ole Miss has emerged as an early leader for him. Having said that, it’s unclear if he’s even spoken to any teams yet or has even started to consider where he’ll go next.
With that said, he has ties to the state of West Virginia, has two former high school teammates (Cottrell, Ndiaye) who he has remained close to on the current roster, is familiar with the outstanding facilities at WVU and would be immediate featured player for the Mountaineers.
With a lack of depth and size heading into next season, Jaemyn Brakefield is the absolute perfect prospect for the Mountaineers.
Bob Huggins, make your magic happen!