The NCAA transfer portal is open for college basketball, and top players from programs around the country are submitting their names rather quickly. It appears the next impact player looking to change schools this offseason is Lamont West.
West is coming off the best season of his collegiate career at West Virginia. The junior averaged 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for the Mountaineers.
Losing West would leave Bob Huggins without a reliable scoring option, while also taking experience off the team. Considering that West Virginia owned a 15-21 record this past season, it can really afford to have top players transfer.
Nonetheless, the Mountaineers will have to brace for West’s departure, as college hoops insider Jeff Goodman broke the news.
Big transfer news: West Virginia’s Lamont West is transferring, source told @Stadium. Averaged 11 and 5 this past season.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 28, 2019
West Virginia will also lose Trey Doomes, who also entered his name into the transfer portal. Doomes didn’t receive much playing time in his freshman season, and it’s clear he is ready to move on from the Mountaineers.
This is turning into a devastating offseason for West Virginia, as it will also lose James Bolden. Despite playing only 18 games this past season, the junior forward averaged 12.2 points per game on 34.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
As for West, he’ll probably be one of the more appealing targets on the transfer market.
We’ll see if any other players on the Mountaineers decide to leave the program in the coming weeks.