West Virginia adds Iowa guard Joe Toussaint through transfer portal

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia got its second offseason addition from the NCAA Transfer Portal on Monday when Iowa guard Joe Toussaint announced his commitment to the Mountaineers.

Toussaint, who visited West Virginia over the weekend, spent each of the last three seasons with the Hawkeyes. At Iowa, the point guard finished with averages of 4.8 points, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Toussaint has two seasons of eligibility remaining and was a key factor — primarily as a distributor — for one of college basketball’s top offenses in the 2021-2022 season. Iowa finished fifth in scoring at 83.2 points per game and first in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.74 across all of college basketball.

In the most recent campaign, the Bronx, N.Y., native played in 36 games, started 21 and averaged 4.3 points, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals over 17.4 minutes.

Toussaint’s career-best scoring mark came as a true freshman in 2019-2020 when he averaged 6.5 points over 17.9 minutes, while starting in 20 of his 31 appearances.

As a sophomore, Toussaint was a reserve for all 31 games and averaged 3.7 points over 11.3 minutes.

Toussaint is 23 of 83 (27.7 percent) on 3-pointers over his college career, never making more than 11 or attempting more than 37 in a season.

After shooting an average of 5.8 times per game as a freshman, Toussaint’s field-goal attempts reduced to 3.2 and 3.8 on average each of the next two seasons. Toussaint never tried more than eight shots or two triples in any game last season.

For his Iowa career, Toussaint averaged 1.6 turnovers and made better than 76 percent of his free-throw attempts.

Toussaint could be in line for a lot of action at point guard. Although guard Kedrian Johnson announced earlier this offseason he would return for a second senior season with the Mountaineers, WVU head coach Bob Huggins said several times last season Johnson isn’t a natural point guard as he was primarily asked to score in his days as a junior college player before coming to Morgantown.

The Mountaineers’ top four scorers from last season are no longer with the program, three of which were guards. Taz Sherman and Malik Curry no longer have college eligibility, while fellow guard Sean McNeil opted to transfer.

Swingman Jalen Bridges, West Virginia’s fourth-leading scorer last season, is also in the transfer portal.

Toussaint joins Erik Stevenson as the Mountaineers’ offseason additions through the transfer portal thus far. Stevenson, a 6-4 guard, most recently played at South Carolina and was at Wichita State and Washington before that.

West Virginia also has guards Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson returning after both played sparingly as true freshmen.

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