In the wake of Bob Huggins’ departure from the West Virginia basketball program, pieces from the 2023-24 Mountaineers’ roster continue to dwindle.
On Wednesday morning, senior guard Jose Perez announced that he had entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal, but will consider a return to West Virginia next season. The story was first reported by Joe Tipton of On3 Sports.
Perez landed with the Mountaineers after a standout season for Manhattan in 2021-22, where he was the Preseason MAAC Player of the Year and shot 40% from the field, averaging 18.9 points per game.
Then, when his former coach was fired just two weeks ahead of the 2022-23, Perez transferred to West Virginia.
A fifth-year senior, Perez will require an NCAA waiver to be eligible to play in 2023-24 and is all too familiar with the process of obtaining said waiver.
After averaging 18.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists for Manhattan in 2021-22, Perez was required to sit for the entire 2022-23 season after the NCAA denied his request for a waiver, as well as an appeal to the decision.
Prior to that, Perez spent time at Gardner Webb and Marquette, leaving him with just one year of eligibility remaining.
With Tre Mitchell, Joe Toussaint, Mohamed Wague, and James Okonkwo already lost to the portal, Perez would just be the latest in a long line of bad news for the Mountaineers.