"He went to [WVU's] Georgetown game [last season] and just didn't get a good feel," Fulford said. "He said it wasn't the right fit for him."
The Mountaineers apparently did have a shot at another Express player in Xavier Rathan-Mayes, a 6-4 shooting guard averaging 14 points.
"Coach [Bob] Huggins didn't feel at the time he needed another shooting guard with [Terry] Henderson and [Eron] Harris coming in," Fulford said. "You can look at it in hindsight, but sometimes that's how recruiting goes."
Rathan-Mayes is instead headed to Florida State. Moses Kingsley, a 6-10 power forward, is going to Arkansas. Dominic Woodson, a 6-10 power forward, is headed to Baylor. Point guard Travon Landry will be going to Tennessee.
"We get lots of questions on who Hugs is recruiting or who Marshall is recruiting," Fulford said. "But what it comes down to is fit and need at position.
"People look around and say, 'Wow, you got all these kids; why doesn't West Virginia get some?' But does West Virginia really need another [incoming] power forward?"
WVU has signed four big men for next season, including four-star recruits Devin Williams and Elijah Macon.
Fulford said the Mountaineers are in on a sophomore, Montaque Gill-Ceasar, a 6-5, 200-pound small forward.
"He went to the Kansas game [in Morgantown]," said the Express coach. "And he got a totally different feel than Andrew [Wiggins] did."
Gill-Ceasar is a "Top 25 kind of kid for the sophomore class" and that Ohio State and Baylor have both already offered.
"He's athletic and can shoot," Fulford said. "He just needs to work on his handle. He makes a lot of turnovers now, but that will improve with age."
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