West Virginia will participate in the inaugural Myrtle Beach Invitational, a brand-new tournament associated with ESPN.
— WVU Basketball (@WVUhoops) April 11, 2018
According to the release from the school, ESPN executives were introduced to the venue when the Puerto Rico Tip-Off was moved due to Hurricane Maria.
The event will feature Cal State Fullerton, Saint Joesph’s, UCF, Valparaiso, Wake Forest, Kentucky, West Virginia, and an eighth team that will be announced at a later date.
West Virginia is coming off a 26-11 season that saw the Mountaineers advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in four seasons. Their new team for the Myrtle Beach Invitational will not feature many of the players from that team, including Jevon Carter, who will be moving on after graduation.
The event will be a solid mix of good and average teams. It should provide some early competition for a young West Virginia team that will be looking for experience before Big 12 play begins.