Despite Recent Struggles, Mountaineer Transfer Class Having Solid Season
Heading into this season, the legendary Bob Huggins and his staff attacked the transfer portal as hard as any staff in the country.
Huggs’ staff went out and brought in an exciting portal class, headlined by former Texas big Tre Mitchell. However, Mitchell was not alone as the rest of the class has been superb for this 10-5 WVU team thus far.
It all starts with Erik Stevenson, a portal mainstay, who is now playing for his fourth school in five years. Through 15 games played, he is leading the Mountaineers in scoring at 14 points per game. Stevenson is shooting a career-high 10.7 shots per game, and has matched that with a career-best 48% from the field. He’s also converting on 42% of his three-point attempts, which is also the best percentage of his career.
Then comes Mitchell, who is on his third school in four years (UMass, Texas, and now WVU). The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, producing a bit less than his time at UMass and much more than his time at Texas. Mitchell is converting on 51% of his shots, including a career-high 38% of his threes.
Emmitt Matthews Jr. is also having a solid campaign so far after returning to West Virginia through the portal. Matthews, having spent last year playing for Washington and the three prior in Morgantown, is having the best offensive season in his WVU career. He is currently averaging almost 11 points per matchup and is on pace to set career-best numbers in field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and free-throw percentage.
Lastly, Joe Touissant rounds out West Virginia’s top four scorers and is also a transfer. The former Iowa guard has scored in double-digit figures seven times this year, including a season-best 18-point showing in a win over Pitt in the Backyard Brawl to start the season off strong.
West Virginia and its high-powered transfer class will look to turn things around the rest of the Big 12 season, starting with a matchup against Baylor.