Huggins Inks G Jermaine Haley

‘Teddy Buckets’ set to transfer

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced that Jermaine Haley has signed a national letter of intent for the 2018-19 academic year.

Haley, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound guard, currently attends Odessa College in Odessa, Texas. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, he will have two years remaining of eligibility at West Virginia.

“We are really excited to add size and experience to our backcourt,” Huggins said. “We had a pressing need for size in our guard rotation. Jermaine will give us size and skill set in addition to being a willing passer in the backcourt.”

At Odessa, Haley averaged 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the field in 33 games. He had a season high 22 points at Howard College on Feb. 19. Odessa advanced to the second round of the NJCAA men’s basketball national tournament. Haley was named to the Western Junior College Athlete Conference First Team and Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

As a freshman, he attended New Mexico State where he started 15 of 31 games, averaging 21.1 minutes, 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He had season highs of 16 points against Northern New Mexico, seven rebounds against UT Rio Grande Valley and eight assists against Chicago State. New Mexico State won the 2017 WAC Tournament before falling to Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Haley is a graduate of Burnaby South High, where he was given a 5-star rating by Scout, a 4-star rating by Rivals and a 4-star rating by ESPN, all as a point guard. He was a two-time second-team British Columbia High School Boys All-Star and was named to the BioSteel All-Canadian All-Star Game. Haley was Co-MVP of the Seattle Spring Slam Showcase in 2015 with his AAU team Drive Basketball Academy.

Haley is the son of Jermaine and Paula Haley. His father played football for the Toronto Argonauts, Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins as a defensive tackle from 1998-2004. His grandfather Otis Haley was a high jumper with the United States National Team and set a national high school record of 2.21m (7-1 ™).

Haley joins Derek Culver (Boardman, Ohio/Warren G. Harding High/Brewster Academy), Trey Doomes (Acworth, Georgia/University School), Andrew Gordon (Clearwater, Florida/Dunedin High/Northwest Florida State College) and Jordan McCabe (Kaukauna, Wisconsin/Kaukauna High) in the 2018-19 recruiting class.

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Huggins announced hat freshman forward Teddy Allen has asked for his release and plans to transfer.

Allen, a native of Mesa, Arizona, played in 35 games in 2017-18, averaging 7.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

“We thank Teddy for his contributions to Mountaineer basketball,” Huggins said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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Forward Esa Ahmad has withdrawn his name from the 2018 NBA Draft and will return for his senior season at WVU.

A native of Cleveland, Ahmad averaged 10.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season as a junior. He has played in 89 career games with 82 starts and needs 238 points to become West Virginia’s 53rd 1,000-point scorer.

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