Bridges To Enroll Immediately at WVU
Fairmont, West Virginia, native Jalen Bridges announced Monday that he was committing to the Mountaineer basketball program.
Tuesday he did more than commit; he enrolled.
WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins confirmed that Bridges has joined West Virginia’s basketball roster and was enrolling at WVU for the fall semester.
Bridges graduated from Fairmont Senior High School last spring, and had originally planned to spend the upcoming year at a Pennsylvania prep school, Scotland Campus Sports. But after visiting WVU this past weekend with his parents, Bridges decided to get his college career started right away.
A 6-foot-7, 180-pound forward, Bridges won the 2019 Bill Evans Award, given annually to the state player of the year in West Virginia. He also helped lead Fairmont Senior to four consecutive state championship game appearances, winning two.
“Obviously, we are very excited about Jalen joining the Mountaineer basketball program,” Huggins said. “It’s great to have West Virginians who take such pride in representing our great state.”
As a senior, he averaged 21.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.9 steals per game, while shooting 62.1 percent from the field and 50.6 percent from 3-point range. In the 2019 West Virginia state tournament, he averaged 16.5 points per game for the Polar Bears.
Bridges was named captain of the Class AA Boys All-State Basketball first team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. Bridges also was named to the Class AA All-State Boys Basketball First Team as a junior and earned honorable mention honors as a sophomore.
In the rankings, Bridges is a four-star recruit by numerous scouting services: No. 18 small forward and No. 67 nationally by 247sports.com, No. 72 in ESPN’s Top 100 and No. 22 small forward and No. 93 nationally by Rivals.
“Jalen brings great size to our perimeter game with a very accomplished skill level,” Huggins added. “He will certainly join our other perimeter guys in their ability to stretch the defenses.”