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Sean McNeil to enter 2021 NBA Draft; Jordan McCabe to enter transfer portal

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia men’s basketball roster took some interesting turns Tuesday.

Junior guard Sean McNeil tweeted that he would enter his name into the 2021 NBA Draft, while teammate Jordan McCabe also took to social media to announce he was entering his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal.

McNeil averaged 12.2 points per game this season and led the Mountaineers with 69 3-pointers.

He finished this season on a high note, scoring 23 points in WVU’s 75-72 loss against Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

On his Twitter post, McNeil said he was keeping his option open in returning to WVU, meaning he isn’t expected to sign with an agent.

“I’m just a small-town kid from Union, Kentucky striving to accomplish a dream,” McNeil tweeted. “Without God, none of this would be possible. With that being said, I have decided to enter my name into the 2021 NBA Draft with the possibility of returning to college next year.”

Due to the NCAA granting an extra season of eligibility to college athletes because of the COVID-19 pandemic, McNeil would still be considered a junior if he were to return to the Mountaineers next season.

McCabe, a junior from Kaukauna, Wis., posted on Twitter that he is looking for a fresh start at another program.

“This has been easily the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life, but it is a leap of faith I believe I have to take,” McCabe tweeted. “I will be transferring from West Virginia University and keeping all options open going into this upcoming season. Thank you Mountaineer Nation, I will always love you.”

McCabe lost his role as starting point guard to Deuce McBride this season and saw his minutes played diminish.

He averaged 2.2 points per game after averaging 5.8 as a freshman.

He finished his WVU career with 364 points and 179 assists.

WVU has signed a pair of Ohio high school guards in Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson, who will come in as freshmen next season.

Still, the Mountaineers already had one available scholarship after forward Oscar Tshiebwe transferred to Kentucky after Christmas.

WVU head coach Bob Huggins could potentially have three more spots to fill with Tuesday’s news.

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