West Virginia point guard Kerr Kriisa is entering the transfer portal following the resignation of longtime Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins last week, he told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony on Friday.
Kriisa was one of the best transfers available on the portal in the early spring before choosing to transfer to West Virginia from Arizona. Due to the coaching change, per NCAA rules, Kriisa and others have a 30-day window to transfer out of West Virginia without having to sit out a season or seek a waiver. .
“It’s been a crazy, busy week,” said Kriisa, . “I’m deeply sorry about the situation as I was really looking forward to playing for Coach Huggins. Huggs will always be my man. I’ve only known him for a few months now but he’s the most genuine man I’ve ever had. I’ve ever met. He’s the man.
from his job last week, just a day after he was arrested for drunk driving in Pittsburgh. He said in a statement that he intended to “retire”.
on June 16 after police said they found his car blocking a road with the driver’s side door open and one of the tires shredded. Huggins then failed a field sobriety test and reportedly blew a .210 on a breathalyzer. Officers also reportedly found a trash bag with empty beer cans on the passenger side floor of his vehicle.
The arrest marked Huggins’ second DUI, following one in 2004 while he was in Cincinnati. It was also his second incident this offseason. by West Virginia after appearing in a radio appearance on a Cincinnati radio station last month.
Huggins retired as the winningest active head coach in college basketball with 935 career wins while coaching at Walsh, Akron, Cincinnati, Kansas State and West Virginia, where he played – even at university. He made two Final Four appearances and won 10 conference tournament titles.
Kriisa is the second West Virginia player to enter the transfer portal since Huggins resigned. Tre Mitchell entered on Thursday and Joe Toussaint followed Kriisa’s lead on Friday. Toussaint, who transferred to West Virginia from Iowa before last season, averaged 9.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game with the Mountaineers. Mitchell, who played at UMass and Texas before, averaged 11.7 points and 5.5 rebounds at Morgantown.
Kriisa averaged 9.9 points and 5.1 assists last season at Arizona while shooting nearly 40 percent from the field. He led the Pac-12 in assists and helped the Wildcats win the Pac-12 Tournament for a second straight season. The Estonia native has two more seasons of eligibility left.
It’s unclear where Kriisa will end up next season, though he was apparently considering Memphis, Cincinnati and Nebraska before landing in West Virginia. He’s also not ruling out a return to the Mountaineers, although entering the portal is now a way to ensure he can leave safely while West Virginia searches for Huggins’ replacement.
“I will always consider coming back when the new coach is announced,” Kriisa said, via ESPN. “Right now I’m entering the portal and I want this resolved as soon as possible.”