Some Mountaineers Enrolling, Others Graduating
The first class of the summer school session at WVU started on Monday, and with those classes came a few new enrollees for West Virginia’s athletic teams.
On the basketball front, freshman guard Jordan McCabe got a jumpstart on his college career. He graduated Kaukauna (Wisc.) High a few weeks early in order to enroll at West Virginia for the latest session. McCabe also revealed that he is going to be able to wear his traditional No. 5 at WVU. Redshirt freshman guard Brandon Knapper, who had sported No. 5 last season, is going to switch to No. 2, which had been worn previously by Jevon Carter.
Two incoming football players also began classes at WVU on Monday as well.
Graduate transfer defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow and freshman receiver Randy Fields both arrived on campus to get their Mountaineer careers underway.
A grad transfer from USC who will be eligible to play for West Virginia this fall, Bigelow is a 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle whose time with the Trojans was hampered by knee injuries. The Elkton, Md., native hopes to restart his career this coming season with WVU.
Fields is a 6-foot-3, 192-pound receiver who also hails from Elkton, Md. The receiver spent his prep career at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, where he had 99 catches for 1,620 yards and 20 TDs the past two seasons.
Most of the rest of the newcomers coming to West Virginia’s football and basketball programs are expected to enroll at WVU next month. There are typically a few who take a little longer to complete their academic work, and may not arrive until July or August. But in today’s major college world, most of the student-athletes in the major sports enter their respective universities early in the summer, if not before.
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As some new Mountaineers start their academic pursuits, others are graduating.
Graduation ceremonies were held on the WVU campus this past weekend, and a number of West Virginia athletes received their diplomas.
The two seniors on this past year’s men’s basketball team, Daxter Miles and Jevon Carter, each went through graduation, as did women’s basketball players Chania Ray and Kristina King.
From WVU’s football team, former player Bruce Irvin, who is currently a member of the Oakland Raiders, got a lot of attention for returning to West Virginia to get his degree.
But a number of other Mountaineers of more recent vintage also went through this past weekend’s graduation ceremonies. Those included Jaleel Fields, Billy Kinney, Kyzir White, Toyous Avery, Hakeem Bailey, Adam Shuler, Chris Chugunov, William Crest and Trevon Wesco.
Kinney, Avery, Bailey, Crest and Wesco are all slated to be members of WVU’s 2018 squad.