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Former UHS star Kaden Metheny in transfer portal after three seasons at Bowling Green

MORGANTOWN — Kaden Metheny is in search of the right fit.

The former University High basketball star, who played three seasons at Bowling Green, is in the NCAA’s transfer portal after putting together his best season in the college ranks.

The Falcons finished 11-20 overall and in ninth place in the Mid-American Conference.

The school fired head coach Michael Huger on March 5 and recently replaced him with former Southern Utah head coach Todd Simon.

“Obviously losing your head coach is tough,” Metheny said. “We didn’t have the type of season we were hoping for, and that was tough. With all of that, my thoughts are I might as well look to see what options are open to me, but the possibility remains open going back to Bowling Green with the new coach.”

Metheny met with Simon on Saturday, saying it was a productive meeting with a lot of good things coming out of it.

“It was basically a chance for me to ask some questions,” said Metheny, the 2020 Bill Evans winner as the state’s top prep player at UHS. “He wanted to see what I was thinking. It was a good meeting. The ball is in my court if I want to go back.”

Before making that decision, Metheny wants to take a look at his other options. He said about 30 schools contacted him last week when he first entered the portal.

A redshirt sophomore, Metheny still has three seasons of eligibility remaining. He put together his best individual season, averaging 10.7 points and shooting 38.2% from 3-point range.

He also recorded 74 assists and 33 steals over 28 games.

All of it came after missing most of last season with a severe high-ankle sprain.

“It was my best year, but it came without winning, which was on my mind a lot,” Metheny said. “We had some good games, but we were capable of doing more. Coming out of high school, I wasn’t used to losing. I think we lost only nine times, so this has been a much different experience in college for me.”

Metheny is still enrolled at Bowling Green, but said he plans to narrow down his list of interested schools and will try and take a couple of visits before making his final decision.

“It’s all kind of crazy,” he said. “The thing is, I really didn’t like the recruiting process back when I was in high school and I had three years to make that decision. Now, I’ve got it all cramped up in a couple of weeks.

“My family and I have discussed what we’re looking for, which is basically a good basketball fit with a culture of guys who want to win and stick around. I don’t want to go to a place that has a revolving door with players coming and going.”

In his three seasons at Bowling Green, Metheny scored 627 points and connected on 122 3-pointers in 64 games. He started 63 of those and also recorded 152 assists.

He had nine games this season with 15 or more points, including 28 points against Norfolk State. His career high is 29, which he set as a freshman.

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