MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — With the college season abruptly finished, West Virginia guard Brandon Knapper entered the NCAA transfer portal this weekend.
The writing was long on the wall for Knapper, who played the third-fewest minutes on the team. He averaged 2.5 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.8 turnovers per game. Knapper ended the season in a massive slump, going scoreless in seven appearances since putting up five points against Kansas State on Feb. 1.
Knapper scored a career-high 25 against Oklahoma as a redshirt freshman last season, but didn’t progress in his sophomore season as freshman Miles McBride cut considerably into his potential playing time.
Knapper is a South Charleston native who attended Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy in his final prep season.
Knapper’s pending departure creates one available scholarship in West Virginia’s incoming class. Junior college point guard Kedrian Johnson and high school forwards Taj Thweatt and Isaiah Cottrell are joining the team. Forward Jalen Bridges of Fairmont will also be ready to play after redshirting this season.
The departure of Knapper means that all four members of West Virginia’s 2017 signing class (D’Angelo Hunter, Teddy Allen, Wesley Harris) have left the program for another school.