West Virginia forwards Jalen Bridges and Isaiah Cottrell and headed to the transfer portal, meaning the Mountaineers lose more experience for next season.
Bridges would have been the Mountaineers’ leading returning scorer next season, as he averaged 8.4 points and 4.8 rebounds last season. Cottrell, who started nearly every game for the Mountaineers, was coming off an Achilles injury. He averaged 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. F
Bridges announced his transfer via social media. Cottrell’s was reported by 247Sports.com.
The pair follow a large senior class out of Morgantown. Taz Sherman, Dimon Carrigan, Malik Curry, Kedrian Johnson, Sean McNeil, Gabe Osabuohien and Pauly Paulicap were all honored on senior day. Johnson is the only Mountaineer that has a COVID year to tap into, should he choose to do so. Sherman, McNeil and Curry were the Mountaineers’ top three leading scorers, with Bridges right behind them.
Seth Wilson, Kobe Johnson, James Okonkwo and Jamel King are the only remaining players on the roster and all were freshmen. Head coach Bob Huggins — who will be in the studio with Turner Sports during this weekend’s NCAA Tournament coverage — does have a four-player recruiting class for 2022-23. But, as of now, it looks like he has just eight players for next season.
Big 12 2021-22 Transfer List
Players who have left Big 12 Schools
(new school in parenthesis)
F Dain Dainja, Baylor (Illinois)
C Xavier Foster, Iowa State
F Blake Hinson, Iowa State
F Javan Johnson, Iowa State (DePaul)
G Donovan Williams, Oklahoma State
G Cashius McNeilly, TCU (Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa)
G Sardaar Calhoun, Texas Tech (Drake)
F Jalen Bridges, West Virginia
C Isiaah Cottrell, West Virginia
F Seny Ndiaye, West Virginia
F Taj Thweatt, West Virginia (Coastal Carolina)
Players who have joined Big 12 Schools for 2022-23
(former school in parenthesis)
F Tre King, Iowa State (Georgetown)
F Jaylon Tyson, Texas (Texas Tech)
Sources: 247Sports.com, VerbalCommits.com, players’ social media accounts