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The Shotgun Throwdown: WVU gets another portal win with former Syracuse center Jesse Edwards

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The biggest WVU related news this weekend came on Sunday afternoon, when former Syracuse center Jesse Edwards committed to the Mountaineers during his official visit.

The 6-foot-11 Edwards averaged 14.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.6 assists per game for the Orange this past season, and was rated the No. 3 prospect in the transfer portal by ESPN.

Simply put, this is another enormous signing by Bob Huggins and shows the legendary coach did what some of us weren’t sure he would be able to do — adapt to the transfer portal era of college basketball.

Edwards made the announcement via Twitter, giving an interesting shoutout to the Hall of Fame coach’s truck.

After the celebratory fist pump and air high five to no one, I really began to focus on one part of that tweet.

What kind of truck does Huggs drive? Are we talking about the famous rear-view mirror-less truck? Is Huggs rollin’ coal with recruits? The people want to know.

I have some ideas. Stay tuned.


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