Redshirt freshman men’s basketball center Pat Forsythe will transfer to Akron. Forsythe is a 6-foot-11 player from Brunswick, Ohio who was injured after seven games last season and was given a medical redshirt by the NCAA.
With the transfer by Forsythe, West Virginia will now have only 12 players on scholarship. The NCAA limit is 13. One of the scholarship signees for the 2012-13 season, 6-foot-9 Elijah Macon, did not qualify academically and will not enroll at WVU. Macon will attend Brewster Academy in New Hampshire and could be actively recruited by any NCAA college. He could also be recruited again by WVU and join its scholarship class for the next school year.
The 2013-14 recruiting class already contains 6-foot-10 Brandon Watkins, who attends a high school in the state of Georgia, and 6-foot-8 Morgantown High player Nathan Adrian.
Little-used forward Tommie McCune from last year’s team has already transferred .
WVU Coach Bob Huggins said: “If there’s a transfer that we think can help, that’s one thing we’ll look at. We’re not going to just take someone to fill a spot so that we have 13 scholarship players.”
Also, the annual WVU vs. Marshall game played in Charleston has been moved to Dec. 5 instead of being held in January.
The Mountaineers will have three Big Monday games on ESPN. On January 28, West Virginia hosts Kansas. On February 4, Texas comes to the Coliseum in Morgantown. And on February 18, West Virginia will be on the road at Kansas State.
The Old Spice Classic tournament held on Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando has WVU playing Marist in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 22. Other teams in that tournament are Gonzaga, Vanderbilt, Davidson, Clemson, UTEP, and Oklahoma.