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Friday / July 12.
  • Jose Perez to withdraw from Transfer Portal, return to West Virginia

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Jose Perez will withdraw from the Transfer Portal and play this coming season at West Virginia under interim coach Josh Eilert, a source confirmed.

    The news was first reported by On3.com.

    “I’m using my additional year to come back,” he told ZAGSBLOG in March. ”I feel like this is gonna be my team in some way, shape, or form [and] some other guys I think are gonna return.”

    The 6-foot-5 Perez announced his transfer to West Virginia Oct. 29 after Manhattan fired his coach and mentor, Steve Masiello, two weeks before the start of the season, a story broken by ZAGSBLOG.

    On Dec. 16, the NCAA denied West Virginia’s request for immediate eligibility for Perez, and on Jan. 11 they denied his waiver request.

    West Virginia is Perez’s fourth school after previous stints at Gardner-Webb, Marquette and Manhattan.

    He started 29 games in the 2021-22 season and played in all 30, averaging 18.9 ppg, 4.5 apg and 3.2 rpg. The Bronx native turned 24 in October.

    West Virginia this week also added St. John’s transfer Quinn Slazinski who played last season at Iona under Rick Pitino.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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