WVU Men’s Basketball Team Loses Two More Underclassmen

WVU Men’s Basketball Team Loses Two More Underclassmen


Two more Mountaineer men’s basketball players have reportedly decided to transfer.

According to various media outlets, WVU forward Lamont West and sophomore center Drew Gordon are both leaving West Virginia University and will seek to transfer elsewhere.

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West Virginia forward Drew Gordon

West will be a graduate transfer and thus he would be eligible at any NCAA program immediately. A third-year sophomore, Gordon would be a traditional transfer and unless he receives an NCAA waiver, he would have to sit out a year if he wants to transfer to a Division I program. He could transfer down to a D-II of D-III school and be eligible right away.

A native of Cincinnati, the 6-foot-8, 222-pound West redshirted at WVU as a true freshman in 2014-15, but then played in 109 of the Mountaineers’ 110 games over the next three seasons. He scored a total of 945 points in his time at WVU, including a career-best average of 11.1 points per game this past season, in which he started 20 of the team’s 36 games. He also averaged a career-high 4.1 rebounds this year. His strength with West Virginia was his 3-point shooting. He made 154 shots from beyond the arc in his WVU career, which puts him 12th all-time in Mountaineer history.

Though he did start four games in the middle of the season, Gordon typically was the third center WVU used in its post rotation this year. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds while playing 7.0 minutes in 34 games in his one season with the Mountaineers. A native of Clearwater, Florida, the 6-foot-9, 255-pound Gordon spent the previous two seasons at Northwest Florida State College, though he redshirted in his second year because of a knee injury.

Not counting senior forward Esa Ahmad, who was dismissed from the West Virginia squad midway through the season, West and Gordon are the fourth and fifth Mountaineer underclassmen who will not return to the squad next year. Wes Harris was dismissed from the team in early February the same time as Ahmad. Junior guard Beetle Bolden announced his decision to grad transfer late in the season followed shortly by a statement from freshman guard Trey Doomes that he also was going to transfer.

All that attrition leaves the Mountaineers with seven scholarship players eligible to return next year, though the fate of one of those – junior center Sagaba Konate – still is uncertain. There could always be further departures with other underclassmen as well.

WVU currently has signed two recruits who are slated to join the team next year – guard Deuce McBride and center Oscar Tshiebwe. If all seven current Mountaineers, including Konate, return for the 2019-20 campaign, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins still has four available scholarships to use for recruits he could sign this spring.

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Tynice Martin

The Mountaineer men’s basketball team may be losing two more underclassmen, but the women’s squad has a key member who recently revealed that she will be back next year.

Following the team’s season-ending loss to Northwestern in the third round of the WNIT on Wednesday, WVU guard Tynice Martin announced that she will return for the 2019-20 season.

After missing the 2017-18 season due to injury, the Atlanta native was a fourth-year junior this past year who still has one season of eligibility remaining. Though eligible to declare for the 2019 WNBA Draft, Martin has chosen to finish her collegiate career at West Virginia. WVU was 22-11 this past season.

A two-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree and the 2017 Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player, Martin boasts 1,588 career points for the Mountaineers and sits at No. 11 on the program’s all-time scoring list. She currently ranks inside the all-time top-10 for career three-pointers made.

Martin led West Virginia in scoring this season, averaging 18.0 points per game. She finished the season ranked among the league leaders, averaging 37.0 minutes per game and produced 15 20-point efforts on the year. Last week, Martin was named a region finalist for the 2019 WBCA NCAA Division I All-America team.

 

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  • #87647

    WVU Men’s Basketball Team Loses Two More Underclassmen Two more Mountaineer men’s basketball players have reportedly decided to transfer. According to
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    #87702

    Huggins gets to completely remodel. In Huggs I trust.

    #87704

    I can see up to 4 more leaving:  Knapper, Harler, Routt, and Horton.

    #87705

    Harler has said he wants to stay. Routt will be 4th power forward. He could go down a division,but think he stays. Non-scholarship this year. Depending on how many Huggs signs , he may get his schollie back. Horton is walk on. Hope he stays but if he wants to play could drop a class and do that. I think Knapper stays.

    #87707

    Not surprised, and I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

    #87710

    Lamont West an underclassman? I’m confused.

    When I saw the headline I clicked on it looking for a Freshman or Sophomore.

    #87720

    Lamont was a redshirt junior eligibility wise, I believe.  He will graduate so he can transfer with immediate eligibility somewhere else.

    #87737

    I can see up to 4 more leaving: Knapper, Harler, Routt, and Horton.

    Harler has stated already he is staying.  Horton and Routt are walk ons and year to year the walk ons change.  I can see Horton leaving for more pt at a DII or DIII school because we have a very good PWO from KY coming in this year.  Routt’s leaving would hurt only because he gives us 5 mins and 5 fouls in the paint.  Knapper is a conundrum.  He can back up at PG but we have McCabe as the starter, Haley and McBride can back up also.  Knapper can be a 2G and can hit from 3 but not at the 40%+ mark we really need and his size puts him at a disadvantage along with his slow developing D skills.   I still hope he stays.

    #87740

    Lamont was a redshirt junior eligibility wise, I believe. He will graduate so he can transfer with immediate eligibility somewhere else.

    I realize.

    It’s just a difference in how the term underclassmen is used. I’ve always defined it as a freshman or sophomore, not a guy finishing his Junior year.

    #87755

    un·der·class·man
    /ˌəndərˈklasmən/
    nounUS
    plural noun: underclassmen
    a student in high school or college who is not a senior.

    #87756

    Perception of the term, then.  I guess I always thought of the term meaning “not a senior”.  No worries, it’s all good.

    #87757

    Ha!  Greg and I posted at exactly the same time.  🙂

    #87785

    Great minds think alike MI.

    #87792

    So for record keeping sake, that leaves us with:

    McCabe, Knapper, Harler, Haley, #McBride, (Horton)

    Mathews, Culver

    Sags, #Oscar, (Routt)

    Lets assume we can’t find an immediate contributor at forward and that Sags returns. If true then I’m guessing we will see a fair bit of Haley at “3” and Sags at “4”???

    #87793

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    #87837

    So for record keeping sake, that leaves us with: McCabe, Knapper, Harler, Haley, #McBride, (Horton) Mathews, Culver Sags, #Oscar, (Routt) Lets assume we can’t find an immediate contributor at forward and that Sags returns. If true then I’m guessing we will see a fair bit of Haley at “3” and Sags at “4”???

    Wasn’t it reported that Oscar was told that he would play the 4?  I believe OT said that in an interview and that was one of the reasons he chose WVU.   Sags away from the paint on D IMO is a mistake.  He needs to be there like he was in the Pitt game.

    #87841

    Sags, Culver and OT sounds great but may be a problem…. Huggs could probably make it work; but I think Sags should move on… Where? to the G League or Europe.

    #87873

    Mex – Sags can definitely play at the 4 offensively, though because of his shot blocking ability, I’d rather have him in the middle on defense at the 5. Culver could likely play a 4 defensively, but he’s going to have to improve some if he has to go out to the perimeter and cover a stretch 4. Though Huggs probably won’t want to overload Tshiebwe with multiple positions right away, he eventually could be as versatile as any of them. He’s got a nice shot (saw him hit a three in the game I was at), and definitely athletic enough to play the four and dare I saw maybe even eventually the three. Maybe I’m dreaming, but I’d love for Huggs to find a way to get all three on the court at the same time – and hopefully he’ll have that option with all three still being on the team next year.

    #87903

    Wow, Tshiebwe at 3 – that’s an eye opener even if only as a future possibility.

    Agree about Sags on D but my comment was more about available bodies and the immense talent of some of the bigger guys. Easy to go to the 3-guard set which is why I say Haley at 3 but minutes still have to get filled in the traditional 4 spot which Culver will almost certainly man as the starter… then who? Unless we get a solid contributor who is 6’7” to 6’9” as a 4 then we will see some creative lineups as I suggest.

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