Final Piece Of WVU’s Basketball Puzzle May Soon Be In Place
Could the Mountaineer men’s basketball team have the final piece of its 2019-20 roster locked down within a week?
It seems very possible.
Three-star prospect Devan Cambridge has told at least one national recruiting website that he is going to announce his commitment decision at the conclusion of the Peach Jam Tournament, which takes place from July 10-14 in North Augusta, Georgia.
There are increasingly more whispers that West Virginia University will be Cambridge’s destination.
The high-flying 6-foot-6, 180-pound shooting guard/small forward, who is a native of Henderson, Tennessee, has an offer list that includes not only WVU but also Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Miami (Ohio), Western Kentucky, Nevada and others. He originally had intended to be a recruit for the class of 2020, but he’s recently reclassified for the class of 2019. That means he’s headed to college this fall, and he apparently intends to announce his school of choice at the end of this week.
Cambridge moved from Tennessee last year to attend Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, Arizona. There he helped the Bruins to a 35-5 record against a national schedule. On a prep powerhouse that featured seven players who averaged better than 11 points per game this past year, Cambridge posted 13.0 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals.
In 2017-18, Cambridge attended Believe Prep in Athens, Tennessee, and prior to that went to Pope John Paul II High School in his hometown of Hendersonville.
On the AAU basketball circuit this summer, he is playing for the AOT Running Rebels and is averaging 15.1 points and 5.1 rebounds. While known more for his soaring dunks and ability to attack the rim, Cambridge has also made 9-of-17 three-point attempts (52.9 percent) this summer.
Devan comes from a basketball family. His older brother Desmond averaged more than 15 points per game in each of his first two years at Brown University before announcing this spring that he was transferring to Nevada-Reno for his final two collegiate seasons.
Meanwhile Devan may be leaving Peach Jam at the end of this week and headed straight to Morgantown to enroll at WVU in time to participate in the Mountaineers’ foreign tour, which will take them to Spain from Aug. 3-13.
Two other signees for West Virginia’s class of 2019 – juco transfers Taz Sherman and Ethan Richardson – also are not yet enrolled in classes at WVU, but according to sources, both should be in Morgantown soon, so they too will be eligible to play during the exhibition games next month in Spain.