Departures, Landing Spots For WVU Football, Basketball Players

Departures, Landing Spots For WVU Football, Basketball Players


Not that it comes as a surprise, but now former Mountaineer basketball player Sagaba Konate has confirmed he is not returning to college.

The WVU junior told Jon Rothstein recently that he intended to remain in the NBA Draft, though there are few indications he will actually be selected in the two-round draft, which takes place on June 20.

If he doesn’t get an NBA opportunity, Konate will almost certainly have other professional options, like the G-League and overseas.

Previously, Konate was the subject of a tweet from WVU assistant coach Erik Martin that indicated he would be pursuing his professional career. Konate had declined to answer questions about his health or potential plans at the Big 12 Basketball Championship.

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Konate isn’t the only underclassman from this past year’s Mountaineer men’s basketball team whose days at West Virginia are over.

Trey Doomes, Beetle Bolden, Drew Gordon, Lamont West and Wes Harris had each previously indicated their intentions to transfer.

All but Doomes now have announced their landing spots.

Bolden and West, who both recently received their bachelor’s degrees from WVU, have committed to Alabama and Missouri State respectively. Harris verballed to Alabama State a couple weeks ago, but recent reports now have him going to Tennessee State.  Gordon revealed on Twitter than he is headed to Louisiana Tech.

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West Virginia forward Logan Routt

Bob Huggins’ men’s basketball squad will be remixing its roster, as six underclassmen depart, and four incoming players have already signed on to enter.

Huggins still has three scholarships available to award to additional newcomers this summer, but all indications are he is only looking to fill two holes – with one big and one wing.

The third of those scholarships is going to  center Logan Routt, who will be a fifth-year senior next year.

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On the football side, several Mountaineers from this past year’s squad have decided to transfer.

Defensive lineman Tyrese Allen is going to Murray State, and wide receiver Dillon Spalding is enrolling at James Madison, which is WVU’s opener this coming season. Since each is dropping down to the FCS level, they will both be eligible for immediate game action this fall.

Walk-on defensive back Barry Moreland is going to spend his senior year at Minnesota-Duluth, which is a Division II program.

Senior offensive lineman Matt Jones had previously announced his intention to move on to Youngstown State as a grad transfer.

Two other seniors-to-be – wide receiver Marcus Simms and cornerback Jordan Adams – have indicated that they will transfer but have not announced a new landing place yet.

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On top of those football players who are moving on, a number of other walk-ons no longer appear on West Virginia’s roster.

Wide receiver Kolby Mack, linebacker Jaydon McGhee, linebacker Henry Cook and defensive lineman Connor Barwis no longer are listed as part of the Mountaineer program.

All four were non-scholarship players, and none had previously seen game action. It’s not clear whether any of them will look to transfer and play for another program, or what their future plans will be.

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The start of football season is still a few months away, but some of the kickoff times for Mountaineer games are being announced.

West Virginia’s road opener at Missouri on Saturday, Sept. 7, will be televised at noon ET, on ESPN or ESPN2.

The N.C. State game in Morgantown on Saturday, Sept. 14, will be televised on FS1 at noon, ET.

WVU’s game at Baylor on Thursday, Oct. 31, will be televised at 8 p.m., ET on ESPN.

West Virginia’s at TCU on Friday, Nov. 29, will be televised at 3:30 p.m., ET on either ABC or ESPN.

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    Departures, Landing Spots For WVU Football, Basketball Players Not that it comes as a surprise, but now former Mountaineer basketball player Sagaba Ko
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    The 2 losses I’m most disappointed in are Jones and Sims!
    Were they both not projected for much playing time?
    Or were there other reasons?

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    Simms missed all but two of WVU’s spring practices, first to deal with a hamstring injury and then for what Brown categorized as a personal issue. I’m not sure but I think Simms didn’t want to go through the process of learning a new offense that could possibly mean he wasn’t the top guy.

    I believe Jones went to Youngstown State as a grad transfer. I’m not sure

     

     

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    Jones was going to leave even if there wasn’t a coaching change. That was for personal reasons. He was certainly going to play, and well could have again been the starter. That was a big loss.

    Simms simply accumulated too many strikes. Can’t speak to what he was thinking, because we never got the chance to interview him. He would have been WVU’s best and most consistent returning player.

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