West Virginia Mountaineers
No team in NCAA Basketball has been affected more by roster attrition than the Mountaineers. But they’re getting starting point guard Kerr Kriisa back and forward Akok Akok returned recently after dealing with a reported heart issue. But even with Jesse Edwards and Iona transfer Quinn Slazinski playing at a high level, there’s a lack of depth this team has that needs to be addressed.
The three-spot is a weakness on this team, regardless of whether RaeQuan Battle gets a waiver to play in the coming weeks. West Virginia has been very transfer-happy in the past few months and one more wouldn’t hurt. It could be the difference between whether Josh Eilert gets more than one year as the HC or not.
The Musketeers have taken a step back this season, 5-5 so far with a couple of bad losses. Part of the reason for the issues is the absences of star forward Zach Freemantle and Jerome Hunter, although Hunter very well could return by Big East play.
Xavier doesn’t have a lot of offensive firepower in the frontcourt outside of Abou Ousmane. Tomlin would be a great replacement for Freemantle inside and could be the difference-maker for the team’s chances at competing in league play. And assuming he doesn’t go pro after the year, Freemantle could then replace Tomlin for next season.