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Jesse Edwards Plans to Stay at West Virginia

While the roster exodus for the Mountaineers has seen the likes of Jimmy Bell, Joe Toussaint, Tre Mitchell, Mohammed Wague, and James Okonkwo enter the transfer portal so far this offseason, one name who plans to stay in Morgantown is Syracuse transfer Jesse Edwards.

Edwards committed to West Virginia back on April 16th and planned to team up with longtime head coach Bob Huggins. Following an arrest in Pittsburgh for driving under the influence of alcohol two months later, Huggins announced his resignation leaving many to wonder which players would reopen their commitment.

 

According to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Edwards sat down and made it official mentioning that he plans to stay at West Virginia next season.

West Virginia promoted longtime assistant coach Josh Eilert to take over in the absence of Bob Huggins, and while any change should come as a shock when having to replace an all-time great basketball coach, Eilert feels like the right choice here.

He spent the last 15 seasons on the Mountaineer basketball staff alongside Bob Huggins, including serving as an interim assistant coach during the 2016-17 season, before being named assistant men’s basketball coach in July 2022.

Eilert inherited a roster in turmoil with five players immediately entering the transfer portal, with senior forward Tre Mitchell, junior guard Kerr Kriisa, senior guard Joe Toussaint, and a pair of sophomore forwards in Mohammed Wague and James Okonkwo. While it is not out of the realm of possibility for Toussaint, Okonkwo, and Wague to return, all roads point to Kriisa being the only returner from the bunch. Eilert’s main focus now will be to stabilize what’s left of the Mountaineers’ roster and focus on the upcoming season, and thankfully, he’ll have the help of Jesse Edwards.

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