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Malik Curry, Jamel King arrive on WVU’s campus

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Transfer guard Malik Curry and freshman forward Jamel Hill are both now officially WVU students and are set to begin their Mountaineer careers in 2020-21.

Curry, a transfer guard from Old Dominion, signed a grant-in-aid to join West Virginia men’s basketball as a graduate transfer for the upcoming season. The 6-1 Delaware product started all 20 contests for the Monarchs, scoring a team-high 15.7 points per game as he earned All-Conference USA Second Team Honors.

Curry was the second offseason addition to Bob Huggins’s squad in April after FIU transfer Dimon Carrigan joined West Virginia a day prior.

Huggins was especially laudatory about the Curry’s addition, as it will help bolster his team’s backcourt.

“He’s really good at attacking the rim, and should Deuce [McBride] not return, we need somebody who can put pressure on the rim,” Huggins said in a media session in June. “Taz [Sherman] and Sean [McNeil] can both score, but they aren’t really great at attacking the rim. Malik is a guy that can really attack the rim and I think he is a guy that can get other guys shots because of his ability to penetrate.”

King will begin his college basketball career as a Mountaineer in 2021 after originally signing with New Mexico. The Uniontown, Alabama native also signed a grant-in-aid to join West Virginia after attending Bella Vista Prep in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports, The 6-7 forward sunk 53 percent of his three-pointers while grabbing four rebounds per game. At Paul Bryant High, he averaged 23 points and six rebounds as a senior.

“We think Jamel is a guy with a really bright future,” Huggins said after his signing. “He has size, but he also has the agility and skill level of a smaller player on the court. We look forward to him getting to campus this summer.”

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