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Huggins: leaving early for draft effects whole team

MORGANTOWN — With multiple teams across the NCAA facing the effects of players leaving early for the draft and the Mountaineers feeling those effects with former WVU center, Sagaba Konate, head coach Bob Huggins expressed his frustration during an interview this off season.

Huggins said everyone is so concerned about individual rights that they forget about everybody else.

“It’s like the draft. I am totally 100% against what we are doing to the draft … because you can’t replace them. What happens to the rest of the team?” Huggins said. “It doesn’t matter what happens to them, well it does. It matters that they may have lost maybe their best player and they can’t replace them.”

In turn, Huggins said their teammates goals and everything they dreamed about — going to school and playing on a great team, winning the NCAA tournament and going to the Final Four and all those things — could be out the window.

Huggins asked those in attendance if they knew “Sags” was going to get drafted?

“You take the majority of our guys that left. They didn’t have an idea,” he said. “I talked to everybody they had no idea if they were going to get drafted, whether the could come back or couldn’t come back. Starting with KJ, how does KJ not get drafted? But he didn’t. We saved a scholarship for him.

“Let’s just say for instance this year, we lose two of our underclassmen bigs, we have a senior big, we are left with one big. So now do we wait and see what happens, do we fill the spot? Is it fair to those other guys? Honestly, I don’t think it is.”

Huggins said another thing the league is seeing is issues with the new transfer portal rules and athletes being stuck in “limbo.”

” But you know what, that only effects them. They chose that,” he said. “I could live with that more than I could live with destroying a team. I could live with that. And they do have a place to go, they could be Division II.”

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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