I would never say Bob Huggins ever said, he won 847 career winners and 42 years in the industry, how to coach a basketball team. Likewise, I would not be able to drive a lot of moxie to tell Huggy Bear how he should take up his roster to generate 10 winners of this season and only two of the to dismiss most experienced players.
However, facts are facts and the recycling may only be the starting point for Huggins and the Mountaineers.
West Virginia's season was very badly unforming to the recent announcement on both the dismissal of Ahmad and Wesley Harris. Ahmad, a senior senior timber, is the most disappointing player in Morgantown in this generation (or maybe) any generation. Harris has sometimes had a solid contributor who suffered from recyclable recurrent investigations to court. The two players, who spent several seasons at the court with the legend of Virginia Virginia, Jevon Carter, who helped and compete with many competitions in the NCAA competition. Simply put, they should be more. They were not and now their departure from the program is the size of the waters in a season that no one could have seen.
It's a broken season. Bob Huggins, a basketball architect, a patriarch program is a mentor and now, in the light of the disastrous complex of this season, he is also a triage boss. In assessing the severity of the damage made to this program, Huggins and his staff will have to consider the short-term and long-term approach to reforming Virginia Press and the risk / remuneration of each.
First of all, the short term:
Large staffs do not have vegetable room cancers, but they grow within a misleading culture and lack. Those who need to get rid of, believe your Huggins to make the diana call. It's a fortunate case anywhere in college sports and everyone can do that Ahmad and Harris want the best in their future efforts. However, it is clear that West Virginia did not have a legitimate leader in the North West and typically reflects a power vacuum among the veterans of the program. With Ahmad and Harris not more in the picture, Huggins can now make an open cast call for team leadership. Young people like Jordan McCabe, Emmitt Matthews and Derek Culver will have to grow up quickly and decide that they will become a better and stronger team nucleus next year. No matter how bad habits they might have escaped from Ahmad and Harris can be set aside immediately.
Equally important, Beetle Bolden and Sagaba Konate must be a healthy star defender and, in the case of Konate, he has shown 100% purchase. Konate's status has been repeated this season and it is not clear about things. He will continue to develop as he probably stays on the bench and that West Virginia plays a stretch at home for his schedule. Both It is fully healthy and fully invested returning to the next season, possibly, Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe have 5 star star in which the mountains of the main court could be available to the Mountaineers.
Bob Huggins and his boys will not play in March, so it's a great opportunity to talk to Konate and talk about a brass tax. With Konate aboard, there will be a proven star power to help the younger players to clear that they are currently rely on a little snake.
Now, I apologize to use Dana Holgorsen's recruitment comparison (as it should not be understood), but before last year, the pioneering football committee revealed the process that he made a program star like Will Grier, David Sills and Gary Jennings. The three were back on their respective professional trips to return to Morgantown in 2018 and resulted in one of the overlapping offenses of the country. For Huggins, a similar approach can be applied. Konate is the most obvious name of any shortlist of players who need to be sure that West Virginia's hardwood machine is waiting and running.
Do not forget, the type of season in West Virginia can spend a lot of time and around the country and to understand any players on the way. Boys and their teams will want to limit any suffering and, ideally, to avoid it.
However, Ahmad and Harris scholarships are now in place for players, edge players like Logan Routt and Chase Harler out of the program and ask for time to play elsewhere. Lamont West and Jermaine Haley have two older scholarships, who need a valuable proof of creativity. Similarly, the younger scholarships like Brandon Knapper, McCabe, Matthews and Trey Doomes are all building blocks that have great abilities. Huggins has to redirect each of them that West Virginia's aim is to compete for national titles and this does not happen without the combined efforts of all those involved.
Keep this group together and next year is like improvement.
And I would like to comment if I did not mention the available scholarships that could be filled by transfer, aka a free college agency. This is a market that is hit at the moment and Huggs can easily find a fun plug-in solution from anywhere in I to satisfy existing needs.
Finally, press Virginia's throw out if necessary. West Virginia's Huggins repeat about half a decade ago when he asked for a better way to create more aggression for the long athletes, aggressive at their roster. He had a protected monster for his lab that successfully offended offensive emotions and became a program trademark. We saw clearly that Press Virginia went out the door together with Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles and if anyone guesses and when he comes back.
Huggins has confirmed himself to be able to refurbish and may only be necessary again. If that is the way it decides, it will change another drastic change in the era of Bob Huggins and prove that new tricks can still be old behaviors.
Long-term, the arrangement is more complicated.
Good or badly, everything goes around Bob Huggins and his culture into West Virginia. Now 65, Huggins, signed a final contract extension in 2017 that runs through the end of the season 2021-2022. Otherwise, there is no guarantee that Huggins will want to relieve the survival of basketball basket 5. Assuming that the tracks on the program are in new hands after 2022, Bob Huggins has three-year windows to restart a roster and get West Virginia back to the hit area of Big 12 Kansas titan .
Again, this is assuming that Huggins abides by the end of the current discussion. As shoo-in-hall-of-famer, what's Huggins's stopping up from tomorrow's day and decided to be enough? At that point, West Virginia is in the heart to continue paying it (although it is at a reduced rate) in the event that Huggs would take a role in the university and would be a retired. Golf events, cash funds and cocktail ad infinitum circles.
Now, I know I have a nice picture. But it is important to consider how much things can be achieved in their current state and if Huggins are still engaged in a building business from another shadow. Will the Mountaineers have to repeat existing components to be back in the next season on 12 March or if this is a strong, multi-faceted position requiring a number of more recruiting classes and full rewriting of the playbook at court ?
The gap between the second and the second is great and, unfortunately, there is no one outside Bob Huggins, his team and Shane Lyons could know the whole truth.
My knowledge, from people who can look inside, is a critical place for Bob Huggins and West Virginia. The decisions made in the coming months will probably succeed in a tangible mark on their coaching legacy and will have a major impact on West Virginia's basketball momentum. No one can correct the ship than the big man on the stool. No one in college basketball is enough or desirable enough to get his team back to national relevance than himself.
All this may be a temporary drop, leaving a glorious flower or the entry may be slow and long end. Regardless of all, Bob Huggins must take the hood and get into business.