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WVU hoops continues to explore transfer options

West Virginia continues the process of rebuilding the 2023-24 hoops roster and a pair of transfer players are expected to be taking a visit to Morgantown in the near future.

The Mountaineers have already added Arizona point guard Kerr Kriisa and Manhattan guard Omar Silverio from the transfer portal, while retaining the services of guards Jose Perez and Joe Toussaint for next year. But the work isn’t finished as the coaching staff is targeting several more transfer options.

Syracuse big man Jesse Edwards is expected to take an official visit to Morgantown after entering the transfer portal earlier this week and drawing a long list of suitors, including the Mountaineers. West Virginia was in contact with Edwards quickly, which led to being able to secure his first official visit.

The 6-foot-11 big has one year of eligibility remaining and is coming off an impressive season for the Orange, where he averaged 14.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. He spent four seasons at Syracuse after coming over from Amsterdam and has developed significantly over the past two.

A third-team all-ACC selection a season ago, Edwards is a highly athletic big that has developed his overall skill set in almost every area during his time in college.

Edwards also has heard from schools such as Gonzaga, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Seton Hall and Missouri.

On top of Edwards, the Mountaineers also are expected to play host to another transfer option in former Iowa State guard Caleb Grill. The 6-foot-3 guard is coming off a season for the Cyclones where he averaged 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 39 percent overall and 37 percent from three.

Grill spent three seasons of his career at Iowa State but actually transferred after his freshman season to UNLV, where the Kansas native spent a season before returning with his head coach TJ Otzelberger after he took the job with the Cyclones. Grill has been a reliable shooter during his college career and is sound on the defensive end of the floor, which would make him a strong fit.

The guard entered the transfer portal after being dismissed from the Iowa State team late last season due to personal reasons, and West Virginia was active in their recruitment of him.

The Mountaineers again were one of the first schools to contact Grill, along with Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Missouri, Colorado, Virginia Tech and Wichita State, among many other programs.

Like Edwards, Grill would have one season of eligibility remaining in his career.

West Virginia continues to be active in the transfer portal and this should be a busy weekend in Morgantown, with some key targets on campus.


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