Review of the highest rated West Virginia basketball players to sign
WVSports.com looks back at West Virginia’s basketball recruiting classes from 2002-2021 to see how the top-rated players fared during that time.
This period is considered the internet era of Rivals.com and we will strictly review high school or prep prospects who signed with Mountaineers during this period. This therefore excludes college or transfer options.
Years in the program: 2009-10
Statistics: 69 games, 11.2 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game
Ebanks is the one and only five-star prospect to sign a letter of intent with West Virginia in the age of internet Rivals.com and was instrumental in helping the team accomplish a trip to the Final Four in 2010. The long wing elected to leave the program after his second season and was selected in the NBA draft. His time in West Virginia was short, but he certainly looked the part during his two years on campus.
Years in the program: 2019-21
Statistics: 41 games, 10.6 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game, 0.9 blocks
Tshiebwe was the first five-star West Virginia had been able to sign since Ebanks and it seemed like a perfect match between the two. The Congo native played with a non-stop drive and was tenacious in bouncing the ball and playing defense. These traits showed in his freshman season when Tshiebwe was one of the best big men in college basketball averaging 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds. However, the second season did not go as well after a tumultuous offseason that Tshiebwe only played 10 games before choosing to transfer to New Years. He would find himself in Kentucky who was one of the finalists in his recruitment the first time.
Years in the program: 2014-17
Statistics: 103 games, 5.0 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, 46 blocks
It took Macon a while to hit the field in West Virginia as he spent a season in prep school and then redshirted before making his debut in the 2015 season. He served mostly as a role player during his three years, but began to make major strides in his final season before surprisingly opting to pursue a professional career overseas.
Years in the program: 2014-16
Statistics: 102 games, 11.1 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game
Williams had a connection to Huggins due to his time in the Cincinnati area and it led him to Morgantown. The big man certainly didn’t disappoint as he became a force for the Mountaineers at the post during his career and his numbers have grown every season, narrowly missing out on a double-double per game in his third year. Still, Williams opted to bypass his final season and go overseas to start his career. He certainly lived up to his standings in his day but some will always wonder if he could have done even more in a final year.
Years in the program: 2016-19
Statistics: 112 games, 9.3 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game
Ahmad played the better part of four seasons in West Virginia and played the role at times dominating and controlling games with his athleticism. However, these instances were rare as it dealt more with inconsistencies and an inability to bring these efforts together on a regular basis. He encountered discipline issues at times and was eventually fired from the program in his final season after appearing in 23 games.
Years in the program: 2008-12
Statistics: 139 games, 13.1 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game
Jones was part of the vaunted recruiting class of 2008 and made an impact almost immediately. But what made him so special during his time at Morgantown was that he continued to improve with each year he played. In his senior season, he was arguably snubbed for Big East Player of the Year after averaging 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. He was selected in the NBA draft and is considered one of the greatest.
Years in the program: N / A
Statistics: N / A
Cottrill was considered an impact prospect when he signed with West Virginia, but multiple off-court issues cost him a shot at a Morgantown career.
Years in the program: 2018-2021
Statistics: 88 games, 12.0 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game
Culver last salvaged his best season as he earned Big 12 Conference first-team honors in his final season with the program before choosing to forfeit his remaining eligibility. The talented big man had been a double-double machine since arriving at Morgantown after a year at prep school. The Ohio native has had his ups and downs at times, but when he was engaged and committed, he really made an impact on the Mountaineers position. A big, strong post player who was difficult for opponents to move.
Years in the program: 2020-now
Statistics: 10 games, 1.6 points per game, 1.4 rebounds per game
Cottrell is a highly skilled big man and was just starting to carve out a place on the West Virginia roster last season when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon that sidelined him for the rest. of the year. He is currently working on his rehabilitation and trying to return for this year, but will have his full eligibility clock at his disposal. As long as he is able to come back from injury, Cottrell has a very high ceiling when it comes to his skills at this level of basketball.
Years in the program: 2012-13
Statistics: 65 games, 7.4 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per game, 71 steals
Hinds was expected to do a lot of great things during his career at West Virginia, but after two seasons where he averaged exactly 7.4 points per game, he decided to trade. Hinds showed flashes at times and it would have been interesting if he had stayed in West Virginia for his entire career, but he decided to go somewhere else to finish.
Years in the program: 2012
Statistics: 13 games, 0.4 points per game, 0.6 rebounds per game
McCune never really launched his career in West Virginia as he only played 13 games and was suspended twice in his only year with the program. It forced him out of school and he was never able to make an impact.
Years in the program: 2019-2021
Statistics: 92 games, 6.4 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game
Matthews scratched the surface of something special during his freshman year at West Virginia, especially in a jaw-dropping performance against Texas Tech in the Big 12 tournament. But more often than not, he didn’t. been unable to maintain this level of consistency throughout his career. That’s not to say he wasn’t a good player, as Matthews certainly had his part, but he wasn’t able to maintain the consistency needed to take the next step. Left the program with two years to go.
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