The 6ft 7 forward completes his return to Morgantown
It’s official: Emmitt Matthew Jr. is a mountaineer again.
Head coach Bob Huggings announced Wednesday that the fifth-year forward has officially signed a scholarship with West Virginia for the 2022-23 academic year. Matthews will return to Morgantown for his senior year in college basketball after playing a year in Washington.
Matthews already has three years of West Virginia experience when he started his career with Old Gold and Blue in 2018.
“We’re very excited to have Emmitt back as a climber,” said Huggins. “He’s a great teammate having made countless big plays in crunch time in his three years here. We look forward to having his athleticism and quick-wittedness around in addition to his rebounds on both ends of the floor. His experience will be invaluable.”
Matthews made 67 starts in 92 games for the Mountaineers, averaging 6.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 21 minutes per game. He made three appearances on the Academic All-Big 12 team and was a crucial part of the 2020-21 WVU team returning to the NCAA tournament.
The 6-7 forward has made many memorable appearances for West Virginia. A freshman in the 2019 Big 12 tournament, he scored a career-high 28 points to defeat No. 7 Texas Tech and burst onto the scene for WVU fans. In 2020, he helped No. 4 Mountaineers Baylor by leading the team with 18 points in 38 minutes and ending a truncated season on high.
After WVU’s elimination from the 2021 NCAA tournament, Matthews entered the transfer portal and moved closer to his home in Tacoma, Washington and joined the Washington Huskies. In 2021-22, he started all 31 of his games and averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds with three double-digit rebound games.