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Matthews Jr. Opts To Leave Mountaineers



West Virginia fans have been through a lot this week.

On Sunday, the Mountaineers were upset by Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament, on Wednesday Sean McNeil declared for the NBA Draft and Jordan McCabe entered the transfer portal.

McCabe is not alone now as teammate Emmitt Matthews Jr. announced on Thursday that he would also be joining the transfer portal.

The junior, 6-foot-7 forward took to Twitter to thank Mountaineer Nation, coach Bob Huggins and all of his teammates for the support and memories over the last three years of his collegiate career in Morgantown.

Matthews is coming off what might have been his best game of the season in the loss to Syracuse, where he turned in season highs of 14 points and six made field goals.

He also charted 14 points in an 84-82 triumph at Texas on Feb. 20 where he played 28 minutes.

Matthews Jr. netted 13 points at Georgetown, at Iowa State and at home against Northeastern this season.

In his three years in a Mountaineers uniform, Matthews Jr. collected 592 points with a career-high 224 of them coming this past season.

In the 2020-21 campaign, Matthews Jr. also turned in career bests of 115 rebounds, 32 assists, 12 blocks (tied for second on the team), 80 field goals made, 17 steals and an average of 7.7 points per game and was fourth on the team with 751 minutes of action.

He started in 25 of the Mountaineers’ contests and appeared in all 29 games during the season, leaving big shoes left for Huggins to fill, along with the departures of McNeil and McCabe.


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