Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Huggin' The Block

Bobby Huggins was never recognized as a superior swimmer. If our rivers were filled with Heineken, shit—he’d be Michael Phelps’ understudy.

Regardless, he’s keeping West Virginia afloat in a deep-watered Big East Ocean. Huggy reeled in a torrent of talent from the sea of recruits this off-season.

Moving with a sense of urgency in order to pad the loss of three-point sniper Alex Ruoff, Huggins penned Casey Mitchell. Mitchell left a legacy as one of the top shooters on the JUCO circuit last season, balling for Chipola Community College (Fla.). Huggins plucked Mitchell from the same traditional basketball breeding venue as other top stratum Big East recruits.

This Mountaineer squad has the smell of success in a Huggins make-up. Their identity runs parallel with the blueprint he's drawn out throughout his career.

Long, athletic, and versatile forwards (see Ebanks, Devin or Butler, Da’Sean) and gritty, guile and gully guards are appealing to the masses. Ebanks, the ultra-long and versatile forward, should generate a great deal of NBA buzz after allowing league scouts to salivate more than Jerry Springer at a rub-and-tug joint last year.

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