West Virginia forward Tre Mitchell will enter the transfer portal, the first Mountaineer to enter the portal since coach Bob Huggins’ resignation.
Justin Jackson of the Dominion-Post was the first to report Mitchell’s decision.
Mitchell’s move will be the third time he’s transferred. He started his career at UMass. He then transferred to Texas for the 2021-22 season, left the Longhorns during Big 12 play and then transferred to WVU for the 2022-23 season.
He has one season of eligibility. As this is the third time he is in the transfer portal, he may need a waiver to be eligible immediately.
Mitchell became a significant part of the Mountaineers’ run to the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 11.7 points and a team-leading 5.5 rebounds last season. To return to the Mountaineers he used his COVID waiver.
WVU had hoped that they could keep its roster together at least until Huggins successor was named. He resigned over the weekend after he was arrested for a DUI in Pittsburgh, one month after he was disciplined for using an anti-gay slur on a Cincinnati radio show.
WVU athletic director Wren Baker is conducting a national search to find a replacement for Huggins. Just Wednesday, UAB coach Andy Kennedy shot down rumors he was up for the job.
Mitchell joins guard Erik Stevenson, forward Emmitt Matthews Jr., guard Kedrian Johnson, forward Jamel King, guard Josiah Davis and forward Jimmy Bell Jr. as players that have left the program since the end of the season. King, Davis and Bell left via transfer.
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