MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (November 16, 2020) — As the countdown continues before the first West Virginia basketball game on Nov. 25 (as of now), we will preview the junior class for the Mountaineers.
- Forward / 6’10” / 255 lbs.
- Youngstown, Ohio
- Brewster Academy (N.H.)
In Derek Culver’s first two seasons here in Morgantown, he averaged over 10 points per game. Culver has scored 622 points as a Mountaineer.
As a freshman, Culver was awarded Big 12 All-Freshman and was listed on the All-Big 12 Second Team.
Culver’s sophomore year was very similar to his freshman year. The 6’10” forward averaged 10.4 points and 8.6 rebounds.
This year will be a big year for Derek Culver as he continues to impress NBA scouts and wants to achieve his professional aspirations.
Emmitt Matthews Jr.
- Forward / 6’7″ / 215 lbs.
- Tacoma, Washington
- Woodrow Wilson HS
Emmitt Matthews Jr. is a returning starter for the Mountaineers. The junior started 30/31 games for WVU.
Matthews Jr. averaged 6.3 points in the 2019-20 season on 39% from the field.
The Washington native had great games against the likes of Baylor and Pitt last year. Matthews Jr. scored a season-high 18 points in the last game of the season against the no. 4-ranked Baylor Bears (at the time).
Emmitt Matthews Jr. will look to take more of a step up in scoring this season to replace the scoring lost from Jermaine Haley and Chase Harler.
- Guard / 6’0″ / 188 lbs.
- Kaukauna, Wisconsin
- Kaukauna HS
The once child prodigy from Wisconsin is now a junior at WVU. Jordan McCabe is alongside with Derek Culver and Emmitt Matthews Jr. has the third returning starter in their class.
McCabe had a down year as a sophomore but is looking forward to have a bounce-back year for the Mountaineers.
The 6’0″ guard had an abysmal year shooting from three last year shooting 20%. WVU coach Bob Huggins has been impressed with McCabe’s three-point shooting thus far during practice and believes he will have a better year this season.
Jordan McCabe will return as one of the WVU starting guards and continue to be a contributing piece for the Mountaineers.
- Guard / 6’3″ / 210 lbs.
- Union, Kentucky
- Sinclair CC
In his first season with the Mountaineers, Sean McNeil was a great bench player to come in and give the Mountaineers needed shooting.
McNeil shot 33% from three last year, which was second on the team. The Kentucky-born guard hit four threes against St. John’s in Madison Square Garden.
The three-point specialist will look to improve the Mountaineers three-point shooting from the bench this season.
- Guard / 6’3″ / 180 lbs.
- Dallas, Texas
- Temple College (JUCO)
Another Huggins’ JUCO prospect arrives to Morgantown to bring West Virginia guard depth. Kedrian Johnson comes from Temple College where he spent his first two years playing.
Last season, Johnson averaged 25.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.4 assists for Temple College.
The junior guard looks for advice before his first season as a Division I basketball player from a former opponent and now teammate, Taz Sherman. Johnson and Sherman played against each other when Sherman was playing JUCO ball as well.
Kedrian Johnson will look to give Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers guard depth behind starters Jordan McCabe and Deuce McBride.