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West Virginia football junior wide receiver and kickoff returner Winston Wright Jr. has been named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which is awarded to the most versatile player in college football. Wright Jr. was a 2020 All-Big 12 Second Team selection and led the Mountaineers with 47 catches for 553 yards and two touchdowns.
Head coach Neal Brown and the West Virginia football team have added another four-star recruit to the 2022 class, wide receiver Kevin Thomas. The Pennsylvanian standout is on of the top recruits in the state and plays for South Philly’s Neumann-Goretti High School.
West Virginia has announced the nonconference matchups for the 2021-22 Mountaineer women’s basketball season. The schedule features six home games, including one exhibition contest, and two trips to early-season tournaments.
West Virginia Athletics
Seven outstanding contributors to Mountaineer athletics make up the 31st class of honorees in the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame. The 2021 class includes football stars Noel Devine, Dale Farley, and Mike Fox, Olayinka Sanni from the women’s basketball team, gymnastics standout Lajuanda Moody, Nicco Campriani of the rifle program, and cross country/track All-American Keri Bland.
The reality that Texas and Oklahoma are leaving the Big 12 Conference has moved the remaining eight schools into a next-move philosophy. On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” the group discuss possible moves by West Virginia University and other schools left in peril by the unexpected departures.
Three members of the West Virginia golf team have been named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars.
The decision by former West Virginia guard Miles “Deuce” McBride to forego his remaining two years of college eligibility and remain in the NBA Draft did not pay off into a first-round selection. Deuce was the 36th selection in the second round by the Oklahoma City Thunder, though the pick was made on behalf of the New York Knicks in a trade involving the 32nd pick for the 34th and 36th picks.
A pair of former Mountaineers will play in the women’s soccer gold medal match at the Olympics following a stunning victory in the semifinals. Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence helped Canada upset the United States to earn a spot in the finals. Canada will now take on Sweden for the gold medal on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.
Former Mountaineer pitcher Alek Manoah made his return for the Toronto Blue Jays after being on the 10-day injured list. In a win over Kansas City, Manoah allowed two hits, one walk, and struck out four batters in seven innings. Both hits he allowed were singles and he retired 16 straight between them.
Former West Virginia track and field and cross country standout Amy Cashin finished 24th overall in the first round of the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, while representing Team Australia at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Former West Virginia men’s basketball star Miles “Deuce” McBride is officially in New York, joining the Knicks after being a second round draft pick last week.
Around the Big 12
The board of regents at Texas and Oklahoma have voted unanimously to formally accept invitations for both schools to join the Southeastern Conference.
Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham was the first overall selection to highlight seven Big 12 players chosen in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Around the NCAA
Quarterback Quinn Ewers, the #2 prospect in the 2022 class, is forgoing his senior high school season to enroll at Ohio State.
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