WVU's Bridges, Cottrell to transfer, Kedrian Johnson returns

Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) shoots over West Virginia forward Isaiah Cottrell (13) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, March 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia forwards Jalen Bridges and Isaiah Cottrell have entered the transfer portal, a school athletics spokesperson said.

Bridges, a sophomore, announced his intentions on Instagram. He was the team’s fourth-leading scorer at 8.5 points per game this season and the second-leading rebounder at 4.8 per game. Bridges started 52 games over the past two seasons.

Cottrell, a redshirt freshman, was seventh in scoring at 4.2 points per game. He started 28 games this season after sustaining a torn Achilles tendon in December 2020.

WVU basketball spokesperson Bryan Messerly said in an email to The Associated Press that both Bridges and Cottrell have entered the portal.

West Virginia finished 16-17 this season. The Mountaineers’ senior-laden roster already was about to undergo a reduction before the departures of Bridges and Cottrell. Guard Kedrian Johnson announced Wednesday afternoon he will return for his fifth season.