Bender To Transfer; Hunter Reportedly Headed To Nicholls State
West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins announced Monday that sophomore forward Maciej Bender has asked for his release and plans to transfer.
Bender, a native of Warsaw, Poland, played in 35 games in 2017-18, averaging 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.
“We have enjoyed Magic and his contributions to Mountaineer basketball,” Huggins said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
In addition to Bender, there is news on another WVU basketball player who is transferring.
D’Angelo Hunter, who left West Virginia’s basketball team just prior to last month’s NCAA Tournament, is reportedly going to transfer to Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
WVU granted Hunter his release shortly after his departure from the basketball team.
Nicholls State finished the 2017-18 season with a 21-11 record. It entered the Southland Conference tournament as the league’s No. 2 seed, but The Colonels were bumped off in the conference tourney semifinals by No. 3 seed Stephen F. Austin. At the conclusion of the season, NSU head coach Richie Riley was hired as the new head coach at South Alabama. Nicholls assistant coach Austin Claunch was promoted to become the program’s 12th head coach.
A native of Louisville, Hunter came to WVU last summer after a two-year stint at Navarro (Texas) Community College. The 6-foot-6 guard played sparingly for the Mountaineers this past season, appearing in 17 of West Virginia’s 37 games and averaging 1.5 points per outing.
Per NCAA rules, Hunter will have to sit out this coming season at Nicholls before being eligible for game action in the 2019-20 campaign. He can always appeal the year-in-residency status that applies to most transfers, though, and that could be his avenue to play immediately next season. The Colonels can certainly use help right away, as their club this past year featured seven seniors, including five who were their top scorers.