MORGANTOWN - As it turns out, Bob Huggins could field a pretty good basketball team with all the right components just using the recruiting class that he signed on Wednesday.
There's a highly regarded point guard, a wing who can play the two, an emerging 6-foot-10 center, a growing 6-8 power forward and a smooth 6-6 small forward.
Whether Huggins planned it exactly that way isn't certain, but it sure fills a lot of holes the Mountaineers will have over the next few years.
"We are certainly excited about this class," Huggins said in a release issued by the school after all five of his commitments signed their letters of intent on the opening day of the NCAA's fall signing period. "We believe that we answered a lot of our needs in different areas with the departure of five seniors next year."
Indeed, in 5-11 point guard Jabarie Hinds, 6-3 wing Aaron Brown, 6-10 center Pat Forsythe, 6-8 forward Tommie McCune and 6-6 forward Keaton Miles, Huggins nabbed five players from five states at five different positions. All are ranked somewhere by the various recruiting services and three show up on at least one Top 100 list of the country's best players.
Hinds is No. 73 on ESPN's Top 100. McCune is in Rivals.com's Top 100 and Maxpreps.com has Brown at No. 44, McCune at No. 64 and Hinds at No. 68.
The hope for Huggins is that the class more closely resembles his first full recruiting class and not his last. The first one produced Devin Ebanks, Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant, while the only member of the three-person signing class WVU inked last year is late addition Kevin Noreen.
It is probably too early to judge the class that came in between those two - Dalton Pepper, Deniz Kilicli, Dan Jennings and junior college transfer Casey Mitchell.
"This class certainly has the opportunity to have the impact and to see the playing time that the Devin Ebanks-Kevin Jones-Truck Bryant class has had on the court,'' Huggins said. "This will be an exciting class for Mountaineer fans to watch and enjoy for the next four years."
The most consistently-ranked player in the class is Hinds, the point guard from Mount Vernon, N.Y., the school that sent Jones to WVU. As a junior he averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 steals and four assists playing for coach Bob Cimmino.
Scout.com has Hinds at No. 13 among players at his position while Rivals.com lists Hinds at No. 26. He is ranked No. 13 at his position by ESPN.com and 73rd overall in the 2011 class.