Jalen Bridges Commits To WVU
Fairmont, West Virginia, native Jalen Bridges has committed to the West Virginia basketball program, cutting short a recruiting process that had him scheduled for five official visits over the next month. Bridges had set official trips to Alabama (Sept. 6-8), Xavier (Sept. 12-14), Miami (Sept. 20-22) and Indiana (Oct. 4-6), but after visiting West Virginia’s campus this weekend, decided to end his recruitment and commit to the Mountaineers.
The decision also changed his plans for this season. Originally set to compete this year as a postgraduate at Scotland Campus School in Pennsylvania, Bridges will now enroll at WVU during this academic year.
— jalen (@jalenbridgess) September 2, 2019
Bridges also said via Twitter that he is enrolling during the 2019-20 academic season. He is expected to redshirt this year and begin his playing career in the 2020-21 season. With the fall semester already underway, Bridges might still be able to enroll for the semester, but could delay that process until January.
During his senior season at Fairmont Senior High School, the dynamic 6-foot-7 wing averaged 22.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Polar Bears while winning the Bill Evans Award, given annually to the state player of the year. He also helped lead Fairmont Senior to four consecutive state championship game appearances, winning two.
Bridges had more than two dozen top tier offers. Previously this summer, he named a top 10 of Ohio State, Xavier, Pitt, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M in addition to the five he had recently set official visits for.
Bridges’ commitment fills up West Virginia’s recruiting class for this year and brings its scholarship total to the maximum of 13.