West Virginia’s Newest Big Man Explains Why He Chose the Mountaineers

Morgantown, West Virginia – Moments ago, West Virginia landed perhaps its most talented basketball player in many years when five star transfer Jesse Edwards committed to play for the Mountaineers.

Edwards, a 6’11 center who averaged 14.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game last season for the Syracuse Orange, visited Morgantown this weekend and came away very impressed with what he saw.

“I felt it was time for a fresh start,” Edwards ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. “I needed a new environment to challenge myself in and I think West Virginia is just that. I’ve met some great people on my visit here and the campus looks amazing. This team could be something special.”

Edwards was coached previously for four seasons by legendary head coach Jim Boeheim and will now finish his collegiate career with another legend, Bob Huggins. “It is a huge honor to be able to learn from and get to know not one but two legendary coaches,” Edwards said. “I’ll take their knowledge about the game and life with me for the rest of my life.”

Edwards also mentioned that NIL at West Virginia was a “bonus” but not the deciding factor for why he chose to play for the Mountaineers: “”I mostly wanted to have a fresh start and a new challenge,” Edwards said. “NIL isn’t what I’m playing for.