WVU Adds Another Transfer To Its Basketball Commitment List

The Mountaineer men’s basketball team picked up its second grad transfer of the week when point guard Malik Curry announced Thursday that he was leaving Old Dominion University and heading to West Virginia.

 A 6-foot-1, 180-pound point guard who is originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Curry spent two years at Palm Beach State (Florida) Community college, where he averaged 21.9 points per game as a sophomore and earned NJCAA second-team all-America honors before moving on to ODU in 2019.

He started all 20 games he played this past season for the 15-8 Monarchs, and led the team in scoring (15.7 points per game), assists (3.6 per game), steals (1.9 per game) and minutes played (32.1 per game), while making 110 of 241 field goal attempts (45.6%), 19 of 56 3-point tries (32.8%) and 75 of 88 foul shots (85.2%). Curry was named second-team all-Conference USA for his efforts this past season. In addition, he led ODU in scoring as a junior in 2019-20, averaging 13.4 points per game to go along with 4.0 assists per game.

Curry entered the transfer portal on March 30, and quickly found himself the target of recruiting interest. Maryland, Georgia, Mississippi State and USF were reportedly involved, but West Virginia also jumped into the mix and eventually earned Curry’s verbal commitment.

The Mountaineers also gained a commitment earlier this week from Dimon Carrigan, a 6-foot-9 graduate transfer from Florida International. In addition WVU signed two high school guards – Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson – last fall. Bob Huggins’ club still has at least one more scholarship available for the 2021-22 season.

Both Curry and Carrigan have one season of college eligibility remaining.

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  • #144124

    The Mountaineer men’s basketball team picked up its second grad transfer of the week Thursday evening when point guard Malik Curry announced that he w
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    #144134

    Big to back up Culver.  PG to back up or let Deuce move off the ball.  Next a Wing?

    Would have liked to have guys with more eligibility, but getting the best player available is still good.

     

    #144136

    Roster building is going to continue to be more of the year-by-year process. Agreed it would be nice to get players with more eligibility, but that also just opens up the chance they could transfer again.

    #144140

    We’ve seen the transfer open door policy more in FB.  Here for 1 year then out again.  Really pisses off the fan base, but like I’ve said for a couple years. …… Portal has its consequences.  Genie is out of the bottle and it’s running amuck.  NCAA is bowing to the cancel culture and will soon ruin the fabric of Amateur Athletics.   The Jackasses that think D1 is only there for a training ground for the NBA are ruining it for the fans that for years supported and loved the Student Athlete side of the game.   If all these kids are in school for is to make their way to the NBA or play Professional Overseas, then they shouldn’t be in school.

    #144155

    Butler, I respect your opinions, and I don’t want to start an argument or debate.  I just have a couple of questions about your post, and I honestly don’t know what the answers are.  First, how do you define cancel culture?  What is it?  And, second, and more importantly I think, what does cancel culture have to do with the NCAA?  I think our views about what the NCAA is doing are quite similar, but I don’t understand the reference to cancel culture.

    #144166

    So….. at this point we have

    • PG
      • Miles McBride – SO 6’2″
      • Malik Curry – SR 6’1″
      • Kobe Johnson – FR 6’3″
    • Combo G
      • Kedrian Johnson – JR 6’4″
      • Seth Wilson – FR 6’1′
    • SG
      • Sean McNeil – JR 6’3″
      • Tajzmel Sherman – SR 6’4″
    • SF
      • Jalen Bridges – FR 6’7″
      • Jaj Thweatt – FR 6’7″
    • PF
      • Isiah Cottrell – FR 6’10”
      • Dimon Carrigan – SR 6’9″
      • Gabe Osabouhien – SR 6’7″
    • C
      • Derek Cottrell – JR 6’10”
      • Seny Ndiaye – FR 6’10”

    I would expect us to add another Big….. SF/PF  or PF/C type depending on if Huggs thinks Derek will stay or go.  Also depending on where Taj ends up.  He worked on his Wing/2G skills his last year.  But he also played much as a PF type.  `

    Possible turnover next year scares the crap out of me.

    #144167

    Has Culver announced his plans or are you speculating? Also, I expect Mcbride, Sherman and McNeil to be elsewhere; hope I’m wrong but there’s no way all 3 will be back.

    #144168

    Speculating on what we have at the 4/5 slots.  Absolutely lose Gabe and Dimon next year.  Most likely Derek next year ….. may even lose him this year.

    So at the end of next year at best with the current roster we will have Cottrell and Seny.  Cottrell will be a beast.  Will Seny be ready to step in even as a major bench player?

    If any of McBride / Sherman / McNeal leave I would think Huggs hits the portal again very heard for shooters.

    #144172

    OldGuy, Maybe Cancel Culture isn’t the right word.  Most think it’s a political phrase.  I’m using it (maybe wrong) more as bowing to the “look at me know”  “give me what I want immediately” “universities only take advantage of kids for profit” “if I’m caught cheating I’ll take you to court to prove cheating is OK”  “pay for play is rewarded” “you’re wrong and shame on you for thinking that way” crowd.  …..   All the things that is wrong with people meddling with Amateur Athletics now days.

    And when you (we) (I) bring it up that these things are killing college sports there are the “cancel culture” crowd that comes out of the woodwork to tell me how wrong I/you/we are and we are taking advantage of these poor kids.  How dare us think that giving a kid a free education, room, board, books, medical, tuition, tutoring, training, coaching is enough.  How dare us think that Amateur Athletics still have a part sports this day and age.  How dare us think that Amateur Athletes shouldn’t get more than their monthly stipend.  How dare we think that loyalty to a university is part of the fabric of the program, fans and players.

    I’ve been blasted for a couple years because I’ve said my peace about the Portal and how it will wreck the system….. how we will rue the day that we left that Genie out of the bottle.  Sadly even the pundits that run these boards in the past that told me that the freedom of movement in the Portal hasn’t had an effect on transfers are now seeing the real outcome.

    NCAA has no ballz to do anything.  Never has …. Never will.  Too much money floating around by apparel companies and TV.  Too many sleezy people that call themselves agents (paraphrasing Huggs here) that are never held accountable.  Too much meddling by the NBA and NFL in the universities.  College is not a minor league system for the NBA and NFL.  And we as society let the very few vocal minority that think that all of this is OK run amuck.   Then any time you express a dissenting opinion it’s equivalent to the ladies on The View screaming at you telling you how wrong you are.  You are labeled a hater for stating fact.

    Sorry, the system is broken.   And it’s all our fault.

    #144173

    Thanks, Butler.  I appreciate the civil response.

    #144177

    Sadly even the pundits that run these boards in the past that told me that the freedom of movement in the Portal hasn’t had an effect on transfers are now seeing the real outcome.

    I never said that, and don’t mischaracterize what I said.  I did say that prior to the last couple of years, transfer numbers were not appreciably higher than they had been in the past, and that it was only the fact that all transfers were now available in one location for reference that made it appear as if it were a great jump. You had no idea how many people transferred or explored doing so prior to the portal.

    Once again, it is NOT the existence of the portal that made for more freedom of movement. The portal did not change any rules. The NCAA did so by beginning to approve more waivers for transfers without sitting out, and that has now snowballed with the anticpated passage of the one time free transfer rule.

    The year prior to the portal, 40% of Division 1 basketball players had transferred.

    #144190

    Cancel Culture is the removal of people from social networking, removing conservative social networking sites like Parler, etc.

    I think a better description for what is happening is “entitlement culture”.

    #144192

    KK, first of all, I said “these boards”, not a specific board.  I, like many here post on multiple boards.

    In reference to the number of transfers, the portal, whether anybody admits it or not, makes it much easier for kids to throw their name out there. Instead of having to go fishing for a team or having their “representative” make calls, the Portal gives players immediate visibility to every coach at every level.  Here’s a little snippet about the Portal.

    It debuted in the fall of 2018, and per the NCAA the intent was “as a compliance tool to systematically manage the transfer process from start to finish, add more transparency to the process among schools and empower student-athletes to make known their desire to consider other programs.

    2019 (Aug1,to July 2020) season had about 1700 kids in the portal according to SI.    2020 (Aug 1 to July 2021) has on Feb 2, 2021 already has 1500 kids in the portal and 600 kids that have not yet landed on a spot according to that same SI article.  Just google it, you’ll find it. (don’t want to link it here).

    Now, part is absolutely the extra year and no sit policy, but few have been denied immediate participation so the no sit is for the most part a moot point.  And from day 1 in 2018 the numbers have steadily increased.  Why?  IMO, and this is purely a couch potato view, when you make it easier for kids to do something they will flock to it like lemmings.

    So a couple points on the direction of the Portal.  It absolutely gave transparency to the process.  It absolutely made it easier for an athlete to make his/her intentions known.  And it does manage the system from start to finish.  And I get it that the transfer tracer process was archaic.

    The unintended consequences are that with this freedom of movement it disrupts the fabric of the team because there are no time limits on kids leaving.  Declare for the portal the day before school starts and you’re out … and on to the next school.  Coaches have little confidence that kids will come back the next year.  They can leave for any reason …… or no reason at all.

    In FB it is much worse because of the 25 schollie per year limit.  Lose 15 kids to graduation, another 5 to injury, 5 that just leave because they are tired of playing, homesick or want to be with their girlfriend and 15 to the portal and all of a sudden you are down 15 players because you can only bring 25 in.  Now you’re in a world of hurt in many of your position rooms trying to find capable bodies from the walk ons to fill slots and maybe even 2 deep.

    2018-19 basketball season.  approx 5,500 schollies.  704 went to the portal. 12.8%. Numbers were consistent for 2017-18-19 right around 700 transfers.

    But…… “As of April 1, the 2021 transfer portal in men’s basketball included 1,905 names, across all levels of college hoops, with four months still remaining before the start of the 2021-22 school year.” http://www2.kusports.com/weblogs/tale-tait/2021/apr/8/recent-rise-of-college-basketballs-trans/

    12oo more than just a few years ago and we still have 4 months to go before the cut off date.

    So, let’s talk about these unintended consequences.

     

     

    #144193

    Cancel Culture is the removal of people from social networking, removing conservative social networking sites like Parler, etc.

    I think a better description for what is happening is “entitlement culture”.

    Ta Da……..  mwhals gets it.  Should I go back and change my post?

    #144196

    WVU also involved with a 6’6″ transfer wing. Supposed to Zoom with him today or tomorrow. Details on the Blue Lot.

    #144198

    Thanks for excellent update on status, Butlereer. I’ll keep checking back as the departures and arrivals settle down when it reaches the point of no return before the season starts. Which will seem like a LONG WAY OFF to me. Only golf keeps me sane between the end of WVU basketball and the beginning of WVU football.

    #144199

    The year prior to the portal, 40% of Division 1 basketball players had transferred.

    Thanks, Kevin, for the perspective. 

    As usual, the impression by casual observers rarely is accurate when you investigate the numbers. That’s why I check numbers before pouncing on an opinion.

    40% is normal. I’ll bet few posters thought that was so before the transfer portal revealed the numbers. 

    #144200

    Interesting thread.

    #144202

    Assuming the point in question here is the portal rule in college sports and its benefits and/ or detriments to both the school and the athlete?
    Bottom line, how can extreme solutions on either end be avoided and some down the middle compromise be effected?

    NCAA objective:
    “debuted in the fall of 2018, and per the NCAA the intent was “as a compliance tool to systematically manage the transfer process from start to finish, add more transparency to the process among schools and empower student-athletes to make known their desire to consider other programs”

    Here’s a starter question:
    Can the NCAA “transfer process” be exactly defined as it exists today?
    Without that process is there any valid reason to continue in search of a solution!?
    If it varies from athlete to athlete and/ or school to school, and to reason to reason, is there even, in fact, a valid “transfer process” in effect?

    #144227

    KK, first of all, I said “these boards”, not a specific board.  I, like many here post on multiple boards.

    Then say “other boards”. By saying “These boards” you include this one.

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