"We're going to attempt to run faster and transition this year," Huggins said. "We're going to try and transition into secondary things. But two hours a week isn't a lot."
Every bit helps, though, for a program trying to regain its swagger. Huggins somehow willed last season's team into the NCAA tournament, giving the program five straight trips.
It was quite an achievement, considering the youth, outside shooting woes and questionable decision making.
The Mountaineers, however, should be contenders this coming season in the Big 12. Despite the loss of Kevin Jones, who led the Big East in both scoring and rebounding, the presence of big man Murray (6-foot-10), the speed of Juwan Staten and the experience of Humphrey should bolster the team. Then there's the overall experience gained.
"Our returning guys are a lot better," Huggins said. "They're more relaxed and comfortable. They're not thinking as much. And, honestly, the practice facility is doing wonders. They are spending more time there on their own.
"As for the freshmen, both are athletic and both can make shots. Both are going to be really good players."
It will be interesting to see how Murray and returning senior Deniz Kilicli interact. It will be interesting to see the starting lineup. Will Huggins start Murray, Kilicli, Staten, Jabari Hinds and Humphrey? The coach can go big with 6-5 Humphrey, 6-6 Keaton Miles and 6-5 Aaron Brown at small forward or he can go with three guards and insert Gary Browne.
The new rule, anyway, will help Huggins and his staff figure it out.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.