Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Disappointment Of What Could Have Been

When Mountain State Head Basketball Coach Rob Fulford took over the Huntington Prep in 2009, many thought that he could continue the pipeline of basketball recruits to WVU, but that has unfortunately not been the case. Fulford was the head coach at Mountain State Academy when G Noah Cottrill and F Deniz Kilicli committed to WVU in 2008.

After that season Fulford moved to Huntington Prep and has built a national powerhouse with some of the nation’s top talent but none has made it’s way to Morgantown. Bob Huggins and his staff have built a great relationship with Fulford, Huggins has actually persuaded some of WVU commits to attend Huntington Prep to allow them exposure to the nation’s top talent, including Elijah Macon and former WVU commit Levi Cook.

Now with Fulford at Missouri as an assistant coach, Arkell Bruce, who had been with Fulford since his days at Mountain State, has continued the tradition of top talent with the Huntington Prep program but outside of Macon, WVU hasn’t received any of Huntington Prep’s top talent.

WVU has made a run at many of Huntington Prep’s top players, Thomas Bryant, Ted Kapita, Jaquan Lyle, Montaque Gill-Caesar, and Andrew Wiggins to name a few, but have been unable to seal the deal. 2016 could see that trend end with F Miles Bridges and G Curtis Jones being the top targets of WVU.

Huggins has been recruiting them for a long period of time and is hoping to develop the pipeline that many wish could’ve started several seasons ago.

Edited by Michael Walker

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