"I'm a good shooter. I've always been a good shooter. I was a shooter on the national team. I just didn't have confidence.''
The hope is that Browne's confidence continues to grow. And given that he is becoming healthy for really the first time this season, it should. Browne injured a thigh in practice just before WVU's second game, at Virginia Tech, and had to ease his way back into playing time. He played a combined 49 minutes the first two games — including 28 at Tech that probably made things worse — but then missed the next game against Duquesne and averaged just 17 minutes over the next five.
Finally, he was able to play 32 against Missouri and 27 against Marshall, sandwiched around his only really poor scoring effort (one-for-six shooting, but with five assists) against Gonzaga.
"I couldn't do a lot of things I normally want to do. I couldn't get to the basket and I couldn't play defense,'' Browne said. "Hopefully that won't be a problem anymore.''
BRIEFLY: Again on Friday, Huggins said he wasn't sure if junior college forward Jonathan Holton would become eligible this season, but that he hadn't given up on the prospect and wasn't writing off the possibility. If Holton, who is apparently ineligible because he didn't finish his required work in junior college, were to gain it, it seems logical to assume that it would be between semesters. WVU's first-semester finals ended Wednesday.
"It's still in the process,'' Huggins said.
n Former WVU center Aaric Murray scored 48 points and was 20-for-28 shooting Wednesday night in Texas Southern's 90-89 upset of Temple in Murray's hometown of Philadelphia.
Huggins essentially kicked Murray off the team during the summer and both have indicated it was for the mutual benefit of both parties. On Friday, Huggins said that he was "happy for him. I'm happy that he's having success.''
Incidentally, in that same game Temple scored on a put-back at the buzzer that was ruled too late after a video review. The shot was by Dalton Pepper, another former Mountaineer who averages 16.2 points for the Owls. Murray averages 24.5 points now for Texas Southern, which is 4-7. Temple is 4-5.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1