Guard Jose Perez is not eligible to play for West Virginia’s basketball staff this season, the staff introduced Wednesday.
The NCAA final month declined a waiver request that may have let the switch from Gardner-Webb, Marquette and Manhattan play this season. WVU coach Bob Huggins stated the staff was “disillusioned by the information” and “hurting for Jose” and stated the Mountaineers would appeal the choice. That subsequent step introduced the case to a separate group of faculty athletic division staff that selected to not facet with the Mountaineers.
Perez was named the MAAC’s preseason participant of the 12 months at Manhattan in October and the staff was picked second within the convention’s preseason ballot. However, the varsity fired the coach Steve Masiello on Oct. 25, simply 13 days earlier than the beginning of the season. Masiello was getting into the ultimate 12 months of his contract, and it was reported that he and this system couldn’t agree on phrases for a contract extension.
Perez, who was beforehand granted speedy eligibility upon transferring to Marquette and Manhattan, entered the switch portal and picked the Mountaineers. The waiver was denied by the NCAA employees, and it was reported that Manhattan didn’t assist Perez’s waiver. The faculty responded and stated it “accomplished the entire required NCAA switch types requested by West Virginia University in a well timed method and didn’t object to Jose Perez’s waiver utility.”
The Mountaineers have been in the end unable to argue that Manhattan’s determination was uncommon and weird and inspired Perez to react. Given the character of Manhattan’s determination to fireside Masiello so near the beginning of the season, WVU believed the NCAA ought to budge on the requirement for Perez to take a seat out one season and as an alternative let him compete for 2 groups in the identical 12 months, which is additionally uncommon and weird.
The Mountaineers have been capable of apply with the 6-foot-5 Perez for the reason that NCAA declined his waiver on Dec. 16, however Perez should wait till subsequent season to play for the staff. He began 76 occasions in 97 video games and managed 1,460 factors, 44 rebounds and 338 assists. The 2021-22 season at Manhattan was his finest in faculty as he averaged 18.9 factors and 4.5 assists and led the MAAC in scoring and made free throws.
His dimension may have helped WVU keep away from mismatches within the backcourt and supply a lift in rebounding, however he hasn’t been famend for his protection. In truth, he had a adverse defensive ranking in all 4 faculty seasons earlier than this, in response to EvanMiya. Offensively, he is extra of a scorer than a shooter who would not scare groups from the 3-point line. He was 53-for-139 from 3-point vary (38.1 p.c) as a real freshman after which 60-for-233 (25.8 p.c) the following three seasons.
Perez is as an alternative good at stepping into the paint after which attending to the foul line. He drives, particularly when he has a smaller guard or a slower opponent defending him, and he’ll use strikes to create pictures. Perez will go to the basket, spin to his proper and provides himself a gap for a makeable shot. He’ll additionally use fakes to get again to the center or go to the left to once more open house for a shot.
Driving to the basket and being round defenders invitations fouls, too. Perez was No. 4 nationally with 182 made free throws and 227 makes an attempt final season, and 28.6 p.c of his profession factors have come on the foul line. Compare that to 23.2 p.c of his factors coming from the 3-point line.
WVU has misplaced three straight video games after dropping simply twice within the first 12 video games of the season. Backcourt scoring has been inconsistent this season, particularly in reserve. Guard Eric Stevenson leads the staff in scoring a 3-point taking pictures, however WVU’s backup taking pictures guards have not equipped offense like Perez might need been capable of.
Seth Wilson is taking pictures 39.4 p.c from the ground and averages 4.7 factors per recreation. He’s making 40 p.c of his 3-point makes an attempt, however he was 0-for-4 in losses to Kansas State and Oklahoma State. Kobe Johnson is taking pictures 62.9 p.c from the ground however averages simply 3.3 factors.