WVU’s Wes Harris Charged With Battery
It had been a relatively incident-free off-season in terms of behavioral incidents for West Virginia student athletes, but that changed on Thursday when the arrest of Mountaineer basketball junior Wes Harris came to light.
According to the Morgantown Police Department, Harris got out of his vehicle to confront Ryan Casteel, who said that he was thrown against his vehicle and then punched multiple times by Harris. Harris, a native of Jackson, Miss., was charged with battery and destruction of property in the July 16 incident and posted a bond of $6,000 while pleading not guilty on July 31.
An Oct. 22 hearing date has been set for the charge, along with another one of destruction of property. That charge results from alleged damage to Casteel’s vehicle.
Harris was reprimanded by the Big 12 Conference for contacting a fan after the Mountaineers dropped an emotionally-charged game at Texas Tech on Jan. 13. Fans had spilled onto the court following the Red Raider win, and Harris either pushed or swung at one while attempting to make his way to the locker room.
Harris, a junior college transfer who completed his sophomore season of eligibility in 2017-18, averaged 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last season. A solid defender, he had 22 steals and 15 blocked shots, and appeared poised to battle Lamont West for a starting position at forward this season.