West Virginia basketball coach Josh Eilert announced Saturday that veteran guard Jose Perez is no longer with the WVU men’s basketball team.
“We wish Jose the best in his future endeavors,” Eilert said in a short statement released on Saturday.
The decision is reportedly based on academic issues, according to WVSports Now.
Perez transferred to West Virginia last season but was deemed ineligible to play by the NCAA, which denied his appeal. He remained with the Mountaineers throughout the offseason, ultimately returning to WVU after entering his name in the transfer portal.
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.
Perez released a lengthy statement on his social media account on Saturday night.
Jose Perez has released a statement on his Twitter: pic.twitter.com/XDnGAu79o9— Ethan Bock (@ethanbock_) October 1, 2023