MORGANTOWN - Even after 30 years of watching so many of his players and others work toward the same goal, Bob Huggins still remains a bit blurry as to what it takes to get to the finish line.
That line itself, of course, is the NBA. But what those scouts and coaches and general managers are looking for in a player sometimes remains a mystery.
"No, not really,'' the West Virginia coach said when asked if he'd figured it all out yet. "It's all in the eyes of the beholder, I suppose.''
Tonight, another of Huggins' players approaches that finish line. The NBA draft will be held in New York and when - or even if - Kevin Jones is chosen remains a mystery.
Odds are if he's taken at all it will be in the second of the league's two rounds. Then again, it was only a few months ago that the odds seemed to favor WVU's Bruce Irvin being taken anywhere from the second to the fourth round of the NFL draft. He went on the 15th pick of the first round.
No one ever really knows.
Huggins, though, dismisses any notion that picking Jones equates to taking a chance. In fact, after watching the burly small forward become one of the top scorers and rebounders in West Virginia history over the last four years, Huggins doesn't see Jones as a risk at all.
"I don't think it's taking a chance,'' Huggins said. "I think you're taking a chance on those guys that haven't proven themselves. What did he have against Perry Jones, 28 [points] and 18 [rebounds]? He's proven himself.''
Jones is the Baylor forward who is expected to go in the top 20 picks of tonight's draft, which will be televised by ESPN beginning at 7:30 p.m. In Baylor's overtime win over WVU in December, WVU's Jones had 28 points and 17 rebounds while Baylor's Jones had four points and 10 boards.
If Kevin Jones is not picked, it won't be because teams haven't seen him play. Over the last month he has worked out for at least 11 of the league's 30 teams, finishing on Monday in Memphis. He also took part in the NBA Combine in Chicago earlier this month.
The problem is his measurable numbers weren't outstanding. Listed at 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds in college, he measured just over 6-6 in Chicago. His vertical leap was a pedestrian 31 inches.