Jarrod West recently concluded a standout career as the point guard for the Marshall Thundering Herd. During those four seasons, West was a 1,200 point scorer and proved on a yearly basis to be one of the top defensive guards in Conference USA.
With the opportunity provided by the NCAA to play one more season, the 5-foot-11, 181-pound native of Clarksburg, West Virginia choose to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal and challenge himself night in and night out with a higher level of basketball.
West is currently having serious talks with two programs, Louisville and Pitt. In fact, West had a Zoom Call Tuesday evening with the coaching staff at Pitt. While his recruitment is still open to all teams, West left his conversation with a good impression of the Pitt program and Jeff Capel.
“I felt very comfortable and it was a really good Zoom,” West told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “They were very thorough and you can tell that they’re a very good group of people. It was good, real good. They emphasized with me where they are in their program. They talked to me about what they need and where I would fit in. They were very honest with me and didn’t make any promises to me about playing time or anything like that. I just appreciated the genuine talk and the energy in their voice. Obviously Coach Capel is a really good coach and I really appreciated his honesty.”
“While they didn’t promise me anything in terms of playing time, they did promise to help me and invest in as much time as they can with me to help me grow as a person, as a student and as a player,” West said. “They want to give me as many resources as possible to achieve my goals and achieve everything that I want to accomplish.”
Last season at Marshall, West averaged 12.5 points, 6 assists and 2.5 steals per game and shot 45.8% from the field and 40.8% from 3-point range, which were career bests. Those numbers earned him Second Team All-Conference USA along with being named to the Conference USA All Defensive Team as well as the All-Academic Team.
“From me, you’re going to get someone that works hard, is willing to work and put the time in to improve personally and to try and get the team better,” said West. “I believe I’m someone with a high work ethic, someone that’s a leader and someone that is going to give you everything I have on and off the court. Defensively, I’m going to give you a ton of energy and offensively, I’m going to create, shoot, handle the ball and will do anything my coaches asks from me.”
Despite playing four years at Marshall, West believes that he’s still capable of learning more and getting better and believes Capel is someone that can help him do that.
“I love his energy, loved his enthusiasm and loved his identity,” said West. “You can tell where he came from, the type of person he is, what he’s grown from and what he’s learned. You can just tell how he’s evolved as a person and how he’s grown and learned as a coach. I love everything about him and feel like we have a lot of similarities. We think the same way and as I said, I loved his energy and enthusiasm.”
West hasn’t set an official timeline for making a decision but says, “I’d definitely like to make that decision sooner rather than later.”