MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (November 10, 2020) — As the countdown continues before the first West Virginia basketball game on Nov. 25, we will preview the freshman class for the Mountaineers.
Jalen Bridges – Redshirt Freshman
- Forward / 6’7″ / 220 lbs.
- Fairmont, W. Va.
- Fairmont Senior HS
Jalen Bridges comes in as a redshirt freshman, looking to have immediate impact for the Mountaineers. The top-100 prospect of the 2019 class decided it was a good idea to get an extra year of practice and prep before suiting up for WVU.
At Fairmont Senior HS, Bridges averaged 21.6 points on 62 percent shooting from the field.
Bridges is recognized as a great perimeter shooter that can be brought in to give West Virginia a bucket when needed.
The 6’7″ forward shot 50 percent from three in high school. Bridges will be a great scorer on the bench to come into the game and give the Mountaineers a spark.
Isaiah Cottrell – Freshman
- Forward / 6’10” / 240 lbs.
- Las Vegas, NV
- Huntington Prep
Isaiah Cottrell comes into Morgantown as the ninth highest recruit ever to commit to WVU. Cottrell is familiar with the state of West Virginia, as well as Jalen Bridges.
The top-75 recruited went to Huntington Prep down in Huntington, W. Va.
Cottrell averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks at Huntington Prep.
The forward will get minutes behind older players like Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver. Cottrell will be a good developmental player to come into games if the big men get in foul trouble. He could also earn big minutes this season if his hype stands out immediately.
Taj Thweatt – Freshman
- Forward / 6’7″ / 210 lbs.
- Wildwood, NJ
- Wildwood Catholic HS
Taj Thweatt comes in to Bob Huggins’ team as an x-factor type player. During recruitment, Thweatt had multiple high offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Seton Hall, and other Power-5 schools.
The New Jersey native averaged 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as a senior at Wildwood Catholic HS.
As a freshman, it will be tough for Thweatt to receive a ton of minutes due to the deep forward depth on this year’s roster. Due to his play though, it will be tough for the coaching staff to pass up on giving him minutes especially during non-conference play.
Seny Ndiaye – Freshman
- Forward / 6’10” / 235 lbs.
- Dakar, Senegal
- Huntington Prep
Seny Ndiaye was the last scholarship that Bob Huggins used as Ndiaye signed in July.
Ndiaye is very familiar with playing with Isaiah Cottrell due to them playing at Huntington Prep together.
The 6’10” forward averaged five points, six rebounds, and three blocks his senior season.
Expect Ndiaye to redshirt this season as his developmental year. We have seen how sitting out for a season is actually a good thing. When the Senegal native does suit up for the Mountaineers, whether it’s this year or next year, expect him to be the defensive anchor for WVU.
He is a type of player that can turn a block into a quick fast break.