On Tuesday morning, ESPN’s Tony Moss released a personal ranking of his best basketball players out of the head coaches in the NCAA Tournament field.
WVU head coach Bob Huggins was ranked at No. 9.
Here was the rest of the top ten:
- Patrick Ewing (Georgetown)
- Juwan Howard (Michigan)
- Bryce Drew (Grand Canyon)
- Mark Pope (BYU)
- Tony Bennett (Virginia)
- Cuonzo Martin (Missouri)
- Lon Kruger (Oklahoma)
- Wayne Tinkle (Oregon State)
- Bob Huggins (West Virginia)
- Mike White (Florida)
Huggins started out as a freshman at Ohio, playing for the Bobcats in Athens, Ohio. Following his freshman year, Huggins transferred back home to West Virginia.
Under head coach Joedy Gardner, Huggins was able to flourish as a player for three seasons. In his senior year for the Mountaineers, Huggins averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists. The future coach shot just below 50% from the field.
Huggins went on to start his coaching career after a knee injury ended his player career. After stints at Walsh College and Akron, Huggins was able to get an opportunity coaching at Cincinnati, which ended up being a home run hire for the Bearcats. In 16 years, Huggins was able to make Cincinnati a house hold name in the world of college basketball, bringing a Final Four appearance and 3-Elite Eights.
Once again, Huggins found his way home to West Virginia after a bitter end with Cincinnati and one year at Kansas State.
In 14 seasons, Huggins returned the Mountaineers to the Final Four in 2010.
Bob Huggins will look to continue to add to his coaching resume starting this week, when he will coach the No. 3 seed Mountaineers against No. 14 Morehead State. Tip-off will be at approximately 9:50 p.m. on truTV.
(Top Photo: Dale Sparks)