Following many questions on the WVU men’s basketball team, head coach Bob Huggins spoke with the media on Tuesday to answer some of those questions that everyone has.
The biggest question is about Miles “Deuce” McBride and if he will return to the Mountaineers or stay in the NBA Draft.
“Well, Deuce has been really good [in the combine]. He called me either last night or the night before,” Huggins said. “We talked for a while but it was more updating me on his workouts. He told me that he’s keeping an open mind and certainly wants to do what’s in his best interest, which I think we’re all on board with.”
Huggins pointed out that Sean McNeil’s decision has not been made official just yet.
One of the incoming players that Huggins and staff added was Malik Curry—a point guard from Old Dominion. Huggins gave his thoughts on how Curry’s impact could be immediate.
“He’s really good at attacking the rim,” Huggins said. “Should Deuce not return, we need somebody who can put pressure on the rim.”
Huggins commented on the confusing Derek Culver situation in April.
“In general there are good agents, and there are bad agents. There’s guys who prey on young people. We’ve had that here. We’ve had a guy come in here and prey on young people and the saddest thing to me is, every summer, somebody comes back and says, ‘Huggs, I wish I would’ve listened to you.'”
Huggins gave an update on forward Isaiah Cottrell, who has been rehabbing his Achilles injury that he suffered in December.
“We’re thinking [he’s] going to be a full go,” Huggins said. “How about adding a 6-foot-10 guy who can pass it, who can shoot it, step out on the floor and spread the defense.”
The Mountaineers added three freshmen and three transfer seniors. A lot of diversity in age in the new additions to the team. What was the main goal during the off-season in filling in the roster holes?
“Well, I think we had to get basically three bigs. We felt that we needed three bigs with everybody that we lost and the uncertainty with Isaiah,” Huggins said. “What we do with the [incoming] freshmen that we got commitments from is less bring them in and [more] let them grow up against grown men. As they’re growing up I think it’ll help them tremendously.”
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