The best way to describe Huntington Prep is that it's a privately owned basketball academy.
By day, those attending the academy go to school at St. Joseph Central Catholic High. By night, it's basketball at the Marshall Rec Center. In a way, it's a club team for the high school.
With much higher stakes.
Those that closely follow basketball in the Mountain State might know the man in charge of Huntington Prep is Rob Fulford, who first made a name for himself at Beckley's Mountain State Academy. He landed top-shelf Division I talent in Beckley.
Now, he's doing the same in Huntington. This season's first game for the Express is Nov. 5.
But on Saturday, Fulford is welcoming WVU coach Bob Huggins to the Rec Center. Not to watch not one or two players, but five.
"We're pretty good," Fulford said on Thursday. "He's coming down Saturday before the [Mountaineer Athletic Club sponsored] Huggfest."
Mountain State produced a couple of WVU players: Deniz Kilicli and, at least partially, Noah Cottrill. Fulford believes Huntington Prep could be another pipeline.
Apparently, the biggest prize on Prep's roster is a 6-foot-7 shooting guard named Negus Webster-Chan, a product of Toronto. Just a junior, Webster-Chan has already made an unofficial visit to Kentucky.
Fulford calls the player "a potential pro." According to recruiting service Scout.com, he's a four-star player, ranked the nation's No. 19 power forward.
Another player on the checklist is 6-5 combo guard Maurice Aniefiok, originally from Nigeria.
"He's very good," Fulford said. "Athletic, with a great body."