The West Virginia Mountaineers officially have their first major departure in the transfer portal with senior forward Tre Mitchell committing to join John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats.
Mitchell entered the transfer portal on Thursday amidst the ongoing coaching search at West Virginia. The Mountaineers ultimately elected to promote Josh Eilert as head coach on Saturday while Mitchell was touring Kentucky’s campus.
Mitchell addressed Mountaineers fans on his social media accounts alongside pictures from his official visit saying, “Mountaineers!! I can’t thank you enough for the love and support you’ve shown. You guys are truly one of a kind. I have a dream and I have an opportunity to live it out. I’ve gotta think about my future and ensure myself the best opportunity to follow that dream. I know you guys will understand, if not today then you will one day. WVU will always hold a special place in my heart but it’s time to bet on myself. I love y’all more than you know, I know everyone has their own opinions on my decision, but like I said I’ve gotta bet on myself. I wish WVU Hoops the best of luck, I’ll ALWAYS be a fan of mountaineer nation!”
The Pennsylvania native now heads to Kentucky after averaging 11.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game on 47% shooting from the field last season at West Virginia.
He now 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.