Mountaineers to play in new men’s hoops tourney

MORGANTOWN — WVU is one of eight men’s basketball teams that will play in a new preseason tournament, according to ESPN Events.

The inaugural Myrtle Beach Invitational is Nov. 15-16 and 18, at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.

The tournament also will feature Cal State Fullerton, Saint Joseph’s, UCF, Valparaiso, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky, with an eighth team to be announced at a later date.

For more information on the tournament, including travel packages, please visit myrtle beachinvite.com.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Former McDonald’s all-American forward De’Janae Boykin will join the Mountaineers, coach Mike Carey announced.

After originally signing with UConn, Boykin comes to Morgantown from Penn State. She started 29 games for the Nittany Lions this year, averaging 7.6 rebounds to lead the Nittany Lions.

The 6-foot-2 Boykin averaged 5.8 points per game and accrued 14 steals, 22 blocks and 48 assists.

She will have to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules and will have one year to play.

“De’Janae is a player we recruited out of high school, so we’re very familiar with her,” Carey said. “She is a player that will have an immediate impact on our team, especially at the three and the four (positions). We look forward to having her on our roster.”

Point guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore will join the Mountaineers as a graduate transfer next season.

Cuevas-Moore was the starting point guard for South Carolina’s 2017 national champion team.

She set an NCAA tournament record with 12 steals in six games.

“Bianca is an impact player,” Carey said. “She’s someone that we initially recruited, so we saw her play a lot in high school. I’m very excited for what she brings to our team at both the one and the two. We’ve made two great additions to our program today.”

In 107 career games at South Carolina, the 5-foot-6 Cuevas-Moore tallied 737 points, 194 assists and 148 steals. She sat out the 2017-’18 season.

She was a 2014 McDonald’s all-American.

VOLLEYBALL

Coach Reed Sunahara announced that Macy McElhaney (Beaver, Pa.) signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Mountaineers for next season.

“Macy is an athletic, front row player who adds versatility to our offense,” Sunahara said. “She has experience playing across the net, and she brings great energy to the court, which fits the culture of WVU volleyball.”

McElhaney competed for Beaver Area High under the direction of Charlene Horwatt. She plans on majoring in multidisciplinary studies at WVU.

FOOTBALL HONORS

Safety Shane Commodore, offensive lineman Grant Lingafelter, long snapper Nick Meadows and kicker Mike Molina, all seniors, were named to the Hampshire Honor Society by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

The society is made up of players from all divisions who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better for their careers.

WVU has had 35 players named to the society since its formation, in 2007.

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