5 Drake players that could follow Darian DeVries to West Virginia

With the hiring of Darian DeVries from Drake and the transfer portal already being open, some players might choose to follow their coach to his new school.

Mar 21, 2024; Omaha, NE, USA; Drake Bulldogs guard Tucker DeVries (12) reacts in the first half of the game.
Mar 21, 2024; Omaha, NE, USA; Drake Bulldogs guard Tucker DeVries (12) reacts in the first half of the game. / Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
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West Virginia found their guy and it seems like everyone is pretty happy about it in Morgantown. Not only does this hire bring an experienced and successful coach to the program, but it can also bring players from his previously successful program.

Darian DeVries is coming to West Virginia from a Drake program that has had six straight seasons of 20 or more wins and has made the NCAA Tournament three of the four past seasons. Yes, he has had success in a smaller conference program, but talent is talent and DeVries will have more resources at West Virginia to recruit.

The transfer portal has been open since before the start of the NCAA Tournament, even to a lot of other people's liking, but it is open. Players have already entered the portal including Drake's Atin Wright. A lot of times when a coach leaves a program, players will follow because maybe they chose that program for the coach.

With DeVries coming to West Virginia, Drake players could follow. Here are five players that you could see follow their now-former head coach.

Tucker DeVries

Now this one is simply a no-brainer because Tucker DeVries is the son of Darian DeVries and played under him at Drake. It would be a shock if he didn't follow his dad and the rumors are also swirling that he is.

DeVries joined Drake's program in 2021 recruited by his father. He has played in every game in his career at Drake also starting all of them except the first seven of his freshman year, but he still played at least 20 minutes or more in those games.

In his career with the Bulldogs, he has averaged 18 points a game, 2.5 assists per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, and shoots over 81% from the free throw line, 35.9% from beyond the arc, and 43.7% from the field. DeVries will have to adjust to a bigger conference, but something tells me Mountaineer fans are happy to get such a talented player.

The DeVries father-son duo would be the first since the 2000s when John Beilein and his son Patrick were there in the early 2000s.