After two struggling season for WVU, Bob Huggins knew that there had to be changes to program. When Terry Henderson and Eron Harris left the program in 2014 there were many questions surrounding the reasons but after the new defense was seen at the start of the season, those questions were answered.
Now fresh off an unexpected Sweet 16 appearance, the Mountaineers will enter a pivotal season that will dictate the direction the program takes. WVU faces the departures of senior point guard Juwan Staten (14.2 PPG), senior guard Gary Browne (7.0 PPG), and Billy Dee Williams (1.2 PPG). Bob Huggins has certainly been forced to overcome bigger losses in his career and this incoming class could be the class WVU fans have been waiting on.
Freshman guard James “Bettle” Bolden will enter WVU has one of the most underrated point guard prospects in the 2015 class. Bolden finished this past season averaging 20.5 PPG and was a candidate for the McDonalds All American game and for Mr. Kentucky basketball. Bolden was also named 9th Region Player of the Year in Kentucky.
JUCO transfer Teyvon Myers will improve the Mountaineers in an area they struggled with mightly this past season, shooting. Myers, who is rated the second best shooting guard in JUCO, led the nation with a 25 PPG this season and shot 36% from 3, which would put Myers near the top for WVU this past season from 3. Myers will give the Mountaineers a guard that can shoot from the outside but isn’t afraid of contact in the paint, which the Mountaineers have lacked in past seasons.
The prize of this year’s recruiting class is star wing Esa Ahmad and the hype he brings is following him to Morgantown. Ahmad is fresh off a 38 point performance against Carlton Bragg (21 in ESPN 300) in the Ohio State All Star Game this past weekend. Ahmad’s senior season was a reminder of the athletic ability he bring to WVU on both sides of the ball. He finished this past season with an average of 23.3 PPG, 10.2 RPG and led his team in all major stats on his way to the Ohio Player of the Year Award. Ahmad has already received the label of the “missing piece Bob Huggins has been searching for since he’s been at WVU.”
Next year’s roster won’t be a complete overturn like last season but will have a few new faces in the lineup. Below is a look at the projected lineup for this fall:
G Tarik Phillip
G Teyvon Myers
F Esa Ahmad
F Jon Holton
C Devin Williams
With this class incoming at WVU and the talent that will be returning to WVU, Bob Huggins isn’t prepared for just another Sweet 16 surprise run but a run at the National Championship.