WVU hoops future on display in Beckley
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Crabby WVU basketball fans, rejoice. You have an opportunity to experience a little sunshine.
At the very least you can check out the future of your team on April 13 at the Beckley Convention Center.
According to Bob Bolen, all four 2013 Mountaineer recruits will be on display - on the same team no less - in the 24th Scott Brown Classic there.
"I had some time on my hands," Bolen said. "And the tournament has had the same format for 23 years. I thought it would be good for the people of West Virginia to have an all-star game of national caliber."
You might remember the saga of Bolen that was spelled out here last July. One minute he was a very successful coach at Mountain State University. The next he was out the door when the school became the first in state history to have its primary accreditation revoked.
Anyway, Bolen is fine and, as Classic director, decided to tweak the event. As one who knew Brown well, I can assure you it's a tweak he would have loved.
At 4 p.m. that Saturday, a Class A vs. Class AA all-star event will be held. Then, at 6 p.m., the real fun will begin.
Bolen is mixing a handful of state stars with highly recruited national standouts.
South Charleston coach and former Mountaineer Vic Herbert will coach a team that will include four-star WVU signees Devin Williams (6-foot-8, 230 pounds from Montverde Academy in Florida) and Elijah Macon (6-9, 250 from Brewster, N.H., Academy) as well as three-star signees Brandon Watkins (6-10, 210 from Grady High in Atlanta) and Nathan Adrian (6-8 of Morgantown High).
"These WVU recruits will be counted on heavily next season," Bolen said. "This will be a chance to see them. It's a great recruiting class."
Interest will certainly be high from a WVU standpoint. In addition to that quartet, Martinsburg's 6-7 Donte' Grantham, the state's player of the year, will participate. The Mountaineers are interested in him. It will be fun to see if the Bulldog can hang with the big dogs.
And I'm not referring solely to the WVU recruits.
Former Woodrow Wilson High standout and current Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy assistant coach Shane Maynard (who will coach in the game) is bringing shooting guard Ahmad Fields, who signed with Utah over USC, uncommitted wing man D.J. Foreman and VMI-bound Q.J. Peterson, a former Hedgesville guard.
Another former Woodrow standout, Jason Slay, now an assistant at Hargrave Military Academy, is bringing in Virginia Tech signee Donte Clark, a 6-5 point guard.
And, yes, Huntington Prep will be represented.
Tennessee-bound Travon Landry, a 6-1 point guard, Arkansas-bound Moses Kingsley, a 6-9 forward, and four-star Baylor recruit Dominic Woodson, 6-9, will be participating. Ryan Arrowood, a Huntington Prep assistant, will be coaching.
It should be fun to watch, and it should be fun for some state players who will be sprinkled in with the aforementioned.
WVU fans might want to check out Shady Spring's Chase Connor, who apparently will be walking on in Morgantown. He's a 6-2 point guard who was the captain of the Class AA all-state team last year.
Herbert will make sure two of his seniors, Ra'Shaud Kincaid and Hunter Moles, get some playing time. Herbert will also have Woodrow Wilson's Andrew Johnson and Princeton's Ryan Meadows at his disposal.
Martinsburg's Jalen Lewis and Greenbrier East products Brice Woodliff and Derek Weiford will play on the opposite side.
It should be a heck of an all-star game, especially for WVU enthusiasts.
Brown would be proud.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.