When former West Virginia head basketball coach John Beilein left Morgantown to coach at Michigan he said that he couldn't recruit top talent to Morgantown. Well, current coach Bob Huggins has proved Beilein that he was half right.
In Huggins' first season as head coach he was able to bring in the fourth best recruiting class of 2008, according to ESPN.com. This year's class is headed by Devin Ebanks, a lanky, Kevin Durant type of small forward, and also consists of forward Kevin Jones, guard Darryl "Truck" Bryant, and junior college transfer Dee Proby.
As if that wasn't enough to prove Beilein wrong, Huggins has picked up right where he left off with his 2009 recruiting class. The Mountaineers have already gotten verbal commitments from forwards Dan Jennings, Deniz Kilicli, and Roscoe Davis, and guard Dalton Pepper, as well as verbals from guard Noah Cottrill and center Storm Stanley in the class of 2010.
With all of this said, let's take a look at what the Mountaineer rotation will look like heading into the 2011 season, if all stays the same and no players leave early for the NBA.
Guards: Darryl "Truck" Bryant, Will Thomas
Forwards: Devin Ebanks, John Flowers
Center: Dan Jennings
Key Reserves: Deniz Kilicli, Noah Cottrill, Kevin Jones, & Storm Stanley
The 2011 Mountaineers could be a team that can go deeper off of the bench than any West Virginia team in recent memory. Once you add players like Pepper, Davis, Johnnie West, and Cam Thoroughman, it might not be much of a too much of a stretch to say that Huggins could rotate in all 13 players that will be on the roster.
If West Virginia can continue to bring players in the way that they have since the arrival of Coach Huggins, Mountaineer fans could be watching the beginning of a national powerhouse in Morgantown.