CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Late last week, West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins was on his way to Boone County for a fundraiser. A pig roast, it was. He was also preparing to recruit.
Such is the life of a hoops coach in the summer.
Now, though, limited practice is also a part of the summer. WVU's team has gone through a handful of practices. But as limited as practices are (one hour twice a week), so too is Huggins' roster.
"We only have two of our new scholarship guys - Devin Williams and Nathan Adrian," Huggins said.
Seems like a problem. If you don't understand, consider the roster turnover after the Mountaineers' disappointing 2012-13 season. Heck, just look at the Mountaineer roster, at least as it appears on the program's website.
Currently listed as team members are Adrian, Gary Browne, Eron Harris, Terry Henderson, Aaric Murray, Kevin Noreen, walk-on Richard Romeo, Juwan Staten and Williams. That's it, nine - not even enough for a scrimmage.
"We've got a bunch of walk-ons," Huggins said. "James Long, Brett Morris, Richard Romeo and Chase Connor are here."
But what of the incoming freshman scholarship players?
"Elijah [Macon] is waiting on a test score," said the coach. "Remi [Dibo] went home to Paris for a while, but will be back for the [summer school's] second semester. [Jonathan] Holton is finishing up some summer work. Brandon [Watkins] will be here for the second semester."
All, according to Huggins, are on track to join the team. Apparently Holton, a one-time scoring and rebounding standout at Rhode Island, has resolved his legal issues to the coach's satisfaction.
Browne is also missing. He's with a Puerto Rican team playing in the Boris Stankovic Cup in China. Other countries represented there are Argentina, Australia, China, Nigeria and Germany. The host country defeated Puerto Rico in the opening game. (Browne was not among his team's top three leading scorers.)
So what of the players currently practicing?
"Eron Harris and Terry Henderson, I think, have been really good," Huggins said.
He said Harris will play some point guard in the upcoming season, but added, "I don't think he'll be there full time."
Huggins said Noreen was also playing well. Then I asked if the coach was frustrated by the lack of available players.
"Not really,'' he said. "The good thing is [former player and graduate assistant coach] Da'Sean [Butler] is here playing in open-gym situations. Same with Alex Ruoff and John Flowers. Joe Alexander, Kevin Jones and Devin Ebanks are here at times.
"With those guys around and playing in open gym, it keeps everything competitive."
Ebanks has been on the Los Angeles Lakers' roster, while Jones has been on that of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Huggins also pointed out that many Mountaineers are participating, as always, in a Pittsburgh summer league.
This past week, I had the honor of spending time with Archie Talley, one of the state's all-time basketball greats. We were trying to come up with the name of former Mountaineer J.D. Collins, which sent me to the WVU hoops media guide.
While I had my nose in said guide, I scanned the box scores of Huggins' 2009-10 Final Four Mountaineer team. What I realized is the accomplishment is more impressive in hindsight.