Sunday, March 24, 2019

Has Bob Huggins Found The Final Piece To The 2016 Class?

It appears that Bob Huggins has narrowed his final scholarship for the 2016 class down to four prospects and is hoping to finalize the 2016 class over the summer. The Mountaineers will only have two scholarships at this moment with the graduation of F Jon Holton and G Jaysean Paige but currently only have G Chase Harler as a commit for this class.

The first prospect is F/C Bruno Fernando of Montverde Academy (FL) and is rated a 4 star prospect by ESPN recruiting. Fernando, 6’10 225 lbs. forward/center combo, is a shot blocker and rim protector that isn’t afraid of contact on the offensive end of the court. Fernando is currently on a visit to WVU so this process could end very shortly.

The second prospect is JUCO F Emmanuel Malou who is 6’9 210 lbs. athletic wing player from Yuba College. Out of high school it seemed Malou was a lock to commit to Iowa State but decided to go JUCO for a couple years. Now he is back in the 2016 and while the Cyclones are still there, the Mountaineers have jumped in.

The third prospect is a bit of an unknown prospect but is starting to gain national attention in the recruiting landscape, F Maciej Bender. Bender, a 6’10 stretch forward, is originally from Poland but is currently playing for Mountain Mission High School (VA). Bender finished his junior season with a 12.5 PPG and 7.0 RPG with a 33% three point shooting average but is expected to see major increases in all stats during his senior season.

The final prospect and most likely to commit to the Mountaineers is F Chris Baldwin, who has previously visited the WVU campus. Baldwin is currently attending Notre Dame Prep Academy (MA) and caught the eye of Bob Huggins during the summer circuit. Huggins has continued to stay in contact with Baldwin but Baldwin is expected to take his time before deciding. Baldwin was a double-double machine this past season at Notre Dame and could form quite the inside combination with Devin Williams in the paint.



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