WVU Basketball Eyeing Yet Another Transfer

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Mountaineer men’s basketball team apparently has its eyes set on yet another transfer prospect.

West Virginia obtained commitments from a pair of graduate transfers this past week – 6-foot-1 point guard Malik Curry, formerly of Old Dominion, and 6-foot-9 center Dimon Carrigan from Florida International. This weekend, WVU virtually hosted yet another potential transfer, ­6-foot-6 forward Melik Martin of Monmouth.

A native of York, Pennsylvania, Martin averaged 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game during his first three years with the Hawks. Then he greatly improved his numbers this past season, averaging 12.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference program to a 12-8 record in 2020-21. He was a third-team all-MAAC selection this past year.

Because the NCAA did not count the 2020-21 season against any student-athlete’s eligibility clock, Martin has a fifth season available to him, and he decided to look around to see if he wanted to use that year at another college. He announced on March 23 that he was entering the transfer portal.

“First, I would like to thank Coach King Rice, Dr. Marilyn McNeil, and all of Monmouth University for welcoming me into their community and helping me grow during these past four years,” tweeted Martin. “After much consideration, I have decided to enter the transfer portal as a graduate transfer. Having been blessed with the opportunity to represent Monmouth, I would like to keep open the possibility of returning to Monmouth.”

Martin apparently is open to returning for another year with the Hawks, but since entering the portal, he’s also reportedly gained interest from West Virginia, Pitt, UMass, LaSalle, Rhode Island, North Texas, St. Bonaventure, Charlotte and a number of others.

Described as a bouncy athlete with a high basketball IQ, Martin very well could be the Mountaineers’ next transfer addition.

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  • #144246

    The Mountaineer men’s basketball team apparently has its eyes set on yet another transfer prospect. West Virginia obtained commitments from a pair of
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    #144250

    Show me the points!

     

    Gabe, Cottrell, Seny, Dimon, maybe Culver and now this guy!? Are we going to play a 6-7 man post offense and hope the guards can out score the other team? Just filling in the bodies and going through the motions? We might have the tallest team around!🙈

     

    #144267

    How many are we expecting to leave if we bring in two frosh and 3 (or more) transfers.

    #144273

    Cottrell is not a post player. Martin averaged 12.7 this past season. Also, you think Culver can’t score?

    #144278

    Come on guys, get off those other boards and input here!

    #144280

    Mathews, McBride, McNeil, McCabe, Sherman and even Oscar all have different avenues they are trying to take or have already taken. But the elephant in the room is why exactly do they want to leave WVU? Do you actually believe we are going to replace what’s lost here via the “pothole”? Not to mention Culver!?
    I know we’re not going to get the reasons here, but had to bring that angle up! That’s what we do here! Right?

    #144307

    I’ve noted several times in different threads that the reasons are different for each player, and have detailed what I know and what I think. Again:

    Matthews didn’t respond well to tough coaching, IMO.

    McCabe wanted to play more. That wasn’t going to happen here. His PT was going down, because he turned the ball over too much and his dribbling, unlike that of Deuce’s, rarely created shots or good passing angles.

    McBride, McNeil and Sherman are all taking advantage of the NBA evaluation process to see if they might be draft picks, or more importantly, first round draft picks. That does not indicate any unhappiness with WVU, nor is it an indication that they want to leave. Including them in such a characterization is inaccurate.

    Tshiebwe, as noted many times, was convinced by outside sources that the way he was being coached utilized by WVU would not lead to an NBA career. Therefore, he chose to go somewhere that he believes will do that. We shall see.

    #144308

    How many are we expecting to leave if we bring in two frosh and 3 (or more) transfers.

    Martin, Bob Huggins has never been concerned about making one for one replacements, or about roster numbers in April or May. As he notes many times when asked about this topic, ‘It will all sort itself out.’

    Of course, it will be sorted out by the coaching staff, and he does work on it, but he does not get tied up in knots about it at this point in the year.

    Remember that returning scholarship players who got an extra year due to the NCAA’s pause of the eligibility clock won’t count against the 13 scholarship maximum in the 2021-22 season, so that hard cap is also less of a concern for the upcoming year.

    #144321

    thanks Kevin … makes sense…. seems Huggs is brining one year transfers

     

    #144328

    True on the one year thing. I don’t think, though, that he’s necessarily targeting only those players with one year left. Just looking at the best fits for the roster for next year.

    Think I said this in response to another post, and a couple of you have also brought it up, but long term roster building will be less of a thing in the college game of the near future.

    #144330

    True on the one year thing. I don’t think, though, that he’s necessarily targeting only those players with one year left. Just looking at the best fits for the roster for next year.

    Think I said this in response to another post, and a couple of you have also brought it up, but long term roster building will be less of a thing in the college game of the near future.

    With the amount of transfers every year increasing, sadly I think you’re right.  Bringing in SR’s for one year mercenaries will become more the norm as coaches fill the gaps every year.  This will ultimately hurt the DII and G5 teams that have developed these kids over a 3 or 4 year period.

    Is the ultimate outcome of P5 that most schools will be a hybrid of the KY model?

    Sadly, fans that form that bond with programs and watch kids grow from FR thru SR year …..  Nate, JC as example ….. will have less and less of this to hang their fandom on.

    #144378

    I think you are right. We saw it in the NBA, where marketing has gone totally from teams to individual players, “Building their brands” etc.

    Hopefully some of the team ties will remain, but it will be lessened. Just like the change from radio to TV to streaming services to just watching a highlight or two has radically changed the way many watch, so too is this.

    #144380

    For discussion purposes only: Derek Culver’s Instagram account has recent pictures of him in L.A.

    #144384

    What is the NBA evaluation process? Singlr team workouts allowed? Combine only? Tape eval? Who pays for travel and what is allowed if players want to return?

    #144418

    There is no travel and no in-person workouts in simply getting the advisory opinion . Thus, there are no costs.

    A group of NBA personnel, GMs and the like, look at players who have submitted their names for evaluation and give them feedback on where they think they are likely to be drafted – lottery pick, first round, first half of second round, second half of second round or not at all.

    Submitting your name to this process has no effect on a player’s college eligibility.

    A player can affect his eligibility in other ways, such as signing with an on-accredited agent, or renouncing his amateur status by saying he’s entering the draft and will not return, but that’s a separate process. Must be done in writing.

     

    #144423

    “For discussion purposes only: Derek Culver’s Instagram account has recent pictures of him in L.A.”

    Thats a long walk!

    #144425

    What does that comment mean?

    #144427

    “What does that comment mean?”

    Uh oh, is that as ominous as it sounds? Am. I in trouble ?

    Is it being taken as something  not allowable ?

    #144429

    What does it mean?  To me he’s asking who’s paying for all of the travel, room, board, and $$/hr trainer?

    But then again, he could be on vacation, taking his computer with him to take his classes on line.

    And I’ve been known to be wrong more times than not.

    #144444

    Tony, if you’d answer my question, I might be able to answer yours. If the post was in violation of board rules, it would have been deleted.

    If Butler’s interpretation is correct, then I have no idea who would be paying for the travel. It would not be WVU, and would have no impact on his eligibility unless it was an agent, and I am not insinuating that at all. Players do this all the time.

     

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