It's a mess. Kane, among others, said he wants Palo back on the team. But does Hoiberg play the kid knowing his bosses strongly disapprove?
Well, that indeed is the team on which WVU hoops recruit Esa Ahmad plays. He's a 6-7 forward that Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins went to watch last week.
The best answer I've been given is the lack of a recruiting base. And Athlon magazine put that in perspective this week.
It tracked the 1,000 most highly regarded football recruits in the nation over the last five seasons. The magazine determined what you would expect, that Florida, Texas and California spawned the most top recruits. It added that all came from 40 states and the District of Columbia.
"Alaska, both Dakotas, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Montana, West Virginia and Maine are the only states that didn't produce a single top-200 recruit over the last five years," said the publication. "Not surprisingly, all 10 of those states are ranked 38th or worse in terms of overall population."
Then again, there is Ryan Switzer . . .
This past Sunday I wrote of Delta State, coached by Winfield native Jim Boone, who is assisted by Charleston native Chris Richardson. The Statesmen are now ranked No. 20 among Division II schools.
What I didn't mention is the team is a member of the Gulf South Conference. And the team just a game behind Delta State in that conference is West Alabama.
Which is coached by former University of Charleston coach Mark Downey.
Which is your last connection of the column.
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