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Four-star 2020 forward Jalen Bridges commits to West Virginia over Xavier, three others

Bridges is staying home.

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Shortly after performing a second round of cuts to trim his prospective list of schools from 10 to five, and scheduling visits with each of his remaining schools, Jalen Bridges (Fairmont, W. Va./Scotland Campus Sports) just needed to check out West Virginia to realize that he wanted to stay home.

This past weekend, Bridges started off his slate of five visits with a trip to West Virginia’s campus. On Monday, he announced his intent to stay home and become a Mountaineer.

Bridges chose West Virginia over the Xavier Musketeers, Indiana, Miami, and Alabama. The Musketeers had offered the four-star prospect back in April, and they were supposed to be in the middle of the lineup when it came to visits. He was supposed to visit Xavier on the weekend of Sept. 13, after trips to West Virginia and Alabama.

However, Bridges made up his mind after the first visit instead and decided to play for the Mountaineers.

This past season, at Fairmont (W. Va.), he earned West Virginia Player of the Year honors after averaging 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.9 steals per game during the regular season. He then went on to average 16.6 points per game in the state playoffs. Next season, he will be taking a prep school year at Scotland Campus Sports.