Dive into the transfer portal and discover the latest movement within the West Virginia Mountaineers basketball program. The transfer portal has become a widely discussed topic in college basketball, and West Virginia is no exception. WVSports.com closely tracks the players in the transfer portal, although it’s important to note that being listed in the portal doesn’t necessarily mean a player will transfer. It simply means that other schools have the opportunity to contact them.
Let’s take a closer look at the current Mountaineers in the transfer portal, their potential transfers, and the impact it could have on the West Virginia basketball team. For the purposes of this discussion, we will primarily focus on scholarship basketball players.
TRANSFERRED TO WEST VIRGINIA: One standout addition to the team is Kriisa, who previously spent three years at Arizona. He entered the transfer portal on March 22 and immediately drew attention as one of the top available options. As an Estonian point guard, he had an impressive season, averaging 9.9 points and 5.1 assists per game, making him a sought-after player. West Virginia wasted no time in reaching out to Kriisa, and their connection grew stronger after his visit to Morgantown in March. Despite interest from other schools like Nebraska, Xavier, and more, Kriisa ultimately chose West Virginia because of his relationship with the coaches and the role he could play on the team. He is seen as a valuable true point guard with excellent passing skills and a solid shooting percentage. With two years left in his college career, Kriisa is an important addition to the Mountaineers’ roster.
Another significant addition is Edwards, a center from Amsterdam who spent four seasons at Syracuse. He showcased significant growth over his final two seasons, averaging 14.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game. His impressive performance earned him a spot on the all-ACC team. Edwards shot an impressive 59% from the field and 72% from the line. With one year of eligibility remaining, Edwards was highly sought after in the transfer portal. West Virginia successfully secured his commitment after he visited the campus and considered other options like Kansas and Gonzaga. Edwards brings size, athleticism, and shot-blocking ability to the Mountaineers’ frontcourt.
Battle, who began his career at Washington, had a breakout season at Montana State, earning first-team all-Big Sky honors. At 6-foot-5, Battle is a versatile shooting guard capable of scoring at all three levels. West Virginia considers him the missing piece in their roster puzzle. Battle chose West Virginia after an official visit and turned down offers from Kansas, ULCA, Arizona, St. John’s, Texas, Oklahoma, and more. He has one year remaining in his college career.
Silverio, a guard from the Dominican Republic, has had a unique journey in college basketball, playing for three different schools over five years. He had his best season at Hofstra in 2021, averaging 10.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game while shooting efficiently from the field, three-point range, and the free-throw line. Although his final season at Manhattan was cut short due to a coaching change, West Virginia took interest in him during the spring of 2023. Silverio committed to the Mountaineers for his final season, but unfortunately, his waiver was denied, effectively ending his career before it began at Morgantown.
Bembry, a 6-foot-6 point guard, made history as the first player to commit to West Virginia after the interim head coach Josh Eilert took over. Although Bembry did not play for the Seminoles due to injuries, his size, length, and versatility make him an intriguing prospect. With four years of eligibility remaining, Bembry is expected to serve as a valuable point guard option for the team. West Virginia was in need of backcourt reinforcements, and Bembry fit the bill perfectly.
Akok, an Egyptian-born forward, entered the transfer portal after graduating from Georgetown. He spent one season with the Hoyas, starting 31 games and averaging 6.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. Prior to his time at Georgetown, Akok spent three seasons at Connecticut and was previously on West Virginia’s radar. This time, West Virginia successfully secured his commitment. Akok brings versatility, high energy, and shot-blocking ability to the team.
Farrakhan, who played the past two seasons at Eastern Michigan, is a skilled point guard known for his scoring ability and passing skills. He averaged 12.1 points and 2.3 assists per game in his most recent season and had an even more impressive 16.6 points per game the year before. Farrakhan previously played at East Carolina but thrived at Eastern Michigan before entering the transfer portal in April. His path led him to West Virginia, where he will have two years of eligibility left. While it’s unclear if he will be eligible to play in the upcoming season as a two-time transfer, Farrakhan brings valuable skills to the team.
Slazinski initially committed to St. John’s but reconsidered and entered his name back into the transfer portal. The versatile forward from Texas had a solid season, averaging 11.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. Unfortunately, his season was cut short due to injury. Slazinski chose to commit to West Virginia, where he brings his ability to stretch the defense, hit shots, and grab rebounds. He will have two years remaining in his college career.
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HAS TRANSFERRED ELSEWHERE: Mitchell, who averaged 11.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in his one season with West Virginia, initially expressed interest in transferring after Bob Huggins resigned as head coach. He scheduled an official visit to Kentucky and ultimately committed to the Wildcats, leaving a void in West Virginia’s roster. Mitchell has one year of eligibility left. Another player who decided to transfer out is Toussaint, who spent one season with West Virginia.
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