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Morgantown, West Virginia – Since leaving the West Virginia Mountaineers basketball program and entering the transfer portal, Jalen Bridges and Isaiah Cottrell have attracted a lot of interest from more than one school across the country.
Bridges, who mostly scored 8.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season, has unlimited potential and capability. Although occasionally he appears playing on a low bike, he has shown that he can shoot from three points (32.5%), and put the ball on the floor and into the basket. Bridges counts as a rebounder and defender at the top of most in his position.
Since entering the transfer portal, Bridges has heard from Arkansas, Wake Forest, Ohio State, NC State, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Kansas State, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Pitt, Minnesota, South Florida, San Diego State and Loyola. , among others.
Jalen Bridges is the type of player who would take up the challenge of going to Pitt and back home to play against the Mountaineers in his hometown. Kansas State and Oklahoma State will give him a similar experience, albeit with far less heat than if he switched to Pitt.
But Bridges has bigger aspirations. He wants to play at the next level and needs to show that he can compete against the best competition in the country. Although the ACC experienced th. bad, playing high profile games against Duke, North Carolina, etc., would give him the best chance to showcase his talents.
Additionally, Raleigh, North Carolina is a 7-hour brisk drive from the family home in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Isaiah Cottrell was a bit of a unicorn in the collegiate game as he was an overly talented athlete who could also step up pops and shoot 3. Even though he didn’t have that explosive energy early on in the year. after major surgery last season, he seems to be getting the most results. pace and boom again at the end of the year.
There aren’t many 6’11 players with that athletic level and shooting ability out there so Cottrell would be highly sought after on transfer portals.
Since informing him that he left West Virginia, further schools have contacted Cottrell: Penn State, Arkansas, Butler, BYU, Loyola-Chicago, Southern Illinois, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Seton Hall, Utah, Montana, St. Johns, Texas Tech, just to name more than one.
Penn State offers Cottrell and Bridges, so it’s possible they just bundle up and go there. However, Cottrell is from Las Vegas and the idea of returning home to work similarly with former teammate Jordan McCabe at UNLV seems all too likely.