West Virginia adds Manhattan transfer Jose Perez

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Eight days out from the season opener, West Virginia’s men’s basketball team has an addition on the way.

Whether or not he will be eligible to play this season remains to be seen, but Jose Perez, last season’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year, is bound for Morgantown, according to multiple reports.

Perez opted to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal last week after Manhattan parted ways with head coach Steve Masiello.

West Virginia will be the fourth school for the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Perez, who has one season of eligibility remaining.

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reports Perez expects to be eligible this season.

In his lone season with the Jaspers, Perez averaged 18.9 points, 4.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds. He spent his first two collegiate seasons at Gardner-Webb and then one at Marquette.

For his college career, Perez averages 15.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Perez becomes West Virginia’s 15th player and the second Bronx, N.Y. native to join the Mountaineers through the transfer portal ahead of this season along with guard Joe Toussaint, an Iowa transfer.

The Mountaineers are already at their limit of 13 scholarships, meaning either Perez or one of West Virginia’s scholarship players will be a walk-on.

After entering the portal, Perez was also pursued by TCU, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Missouri, Louisville and North Carolina State.

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