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WVU Hoops Loses Jay Moore to Transfer, Signs Jamel King

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Baylor

Jay Moore of West Virginia announced on Thursday that he was submitting his name to the transfer portal and leaving the Mountaineer basketball program.

Meanwhile, former New Mexico commit Jamel King joined the program for next season.

Moore, who walked on to the Mountaineer basketball program before last season, played just three games last season and scored his points for WVU against Kansas State.


“First off, I would like to say thank you for the endless support and bringing me in as a family. I am forever thankful for every person I met and every memory that I made at WVU.

“I would like to thank Coach Huggins for allowing me to have the opportunity to play for such a legendary coach. Also, I would like to thank coach Harrison and coach Everhart for believing in me and always pushing me to be the best player/person I could be.

“Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates for always being there for me and believing in me. The bonds I’ve made with you all are never ending. You all truly made this past year the best time of my life and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

“I have decided I will be entering the transfer portal and opening up my recruitment.”

Earlier this week, the Mountaineers formally announced the signing of King, a 6-foot-7 forward who spent part of his high school basketball career at Paul Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He also played at Bella Vista Prep in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he averaged 16.0 points per game. King was a 53 percent 3-point shooter.

King signed with New Mexico but re-opened his commitment after a coaching change for the Lobos. He is considered a Top 200 recruit by

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