The opening, however, is at the other running back slot. Sims could very well be paired with Seastrunk as a first-team selection. Instead, the beat writers went with Kansas State's John Hubert. That's understandable because Hubert was a first-team All-Big 12 pick after last season. Sims hasn't played one down yet in the league.
Still, that's the one Mountaineer who could have, and perhaps should have, made the cut.
It seems he's cautiously optimistic and mentioned the possibility of starting three guards next season.
A very plausible starting lineup could include Eron Harris, Terry Henderson and Juwan Staten. Huggins could get two of his better shooters - Harris and Henderson - on the floor at the same time and allow Staten to handle the point.
If, however, either of the two shooters, more likely Harris, can handle the point guard duties, Huggins would be free to add another big man to the lineup.
The coach will almost certainly start transfer Jonathan Holton and freshman Devin Williams. If Harris and/or Henderson can handle the point guard duties, Huggins could also insert shooting big man and junior college transfer Remi Dibo or, if he qualifies, strong, athletic Elijah Macon.
That would seem to be the goal.
Huggins' assistant Billy Hahn was in Cross Lanes this past Monday. A topic that came up was the summer work being put in by state product and new Mountaineer Nathan Adrian.
The last time we saw Adrian in Charleston, he was playing for Morgantown High and having an off night in the state basketball tournament against South Charleston. I wrote he needed strength, better control of his emotions and, probably, a redshirt season at WVU.
Hahn, however, gave a glowing report of Adrian, who has been working with strength coach Andy Kettler. "He looks like a different player," Hahn said.
Huggins agreed. "He's shot the ball well in the two hours a week we've had him," said the coach. "He's played pretty well."
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