Bob Huggins has been working hard on the recruiting trail and it appears to have paid off. Huggins signed five incoming players this week for the 2011-2012 freshman class. Huggins had his work cut out for him, as this season is the last for Seniors Joe Mazzulla, Jonnie West, Cam Thoroughman, Casey Mitchell and John Flowers. The coach had this to say about next year's incoming freshman:â†µ
"We are certainly excited about this class," says Huggins. "We believe that we answered a lot of our needs in different areas with the departure of five seniors next year."â†µ
"This class certainly has the opportunity to have the impact and to see the playing time that the Devin Ebanks-Kevin Jones-Truck Bryant class has had on the court. This will be an exciting class for Mountaineer fans to watch and enjoy for the next four years."â†µ
Huggins signed the following players to national letters of intent this week:â†µ
- Keaton Miles, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward from Dallas, Texas. â†µ
â†µ , a 6-foot-3, 200-pound small forward from Landsdowne, Pennsylvania.
- Pat Forsythe, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound center from Brunswick, Ohio
- Jabari Hinds, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound guard from Mount Vernon, New York
- Tommy McCune, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward from Saginaw, Michigan â†µ
Now, normally any article about any recruiting class would go on to detail all of these players' strengths and weaknesses and what we can expect from them when they get to campus. I'm not going to bother with that, for two reasons. First, they're always great before they get to town, and secondly, I trust Huggins completely. Seriously. If Huggins held a press conference this afternoon announcing that the WVU-themed sock monkey that's for sale in the campus bookstore had signed a letter of intent, I'd be all about it too. Huggins knows what he's doing when it comes to recruiting the right guys for his system. If Huggins wanted these guys, I'm sure they were worth wanting. The task this class will be charged with will be a monumental one, but with Huggins at the helm, I'm confident they'll be up for it.