YE OLDE notebook:
So, yes, he's been out there, recruiting. Same as it ever was in that regard. He once said he's flown 2.7 million miles. With one airline alone. (And he doesn't fly on commercial flights during the season.)
So where has he been of late?
"All over the damn place,'' he said.
Huggins, you may know, can't talk to the media about recruiting specifics, and he wouldn't if he could. It's not unprecedented for him to discover a gem, have word leak and watch recruiters from other schools swarm.
Recently, though, word leaked he'd watched Todd Mayo, brother of former West Virginia player of the year and current Memphis Grizzlies player O.J., play for Notre Dame (Tenn.) Prep School. We'll track how that goes. The younger Mayo is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard with other schools like Marquette, Memphis and Baylor interested. WVU has not yet offered.
Here, however, is what Huggins said about the current recruiting effort and the possibility of bringing in more players, perhaps of the junior college ilk, for next season.
"We're looking to fill needs," he said. "If we find someone who can come in and play, we'll go after them. But we're not going to recruit someone just to take a spot."
Apparently, Huggins has checked out a couple junior college players lately, but none that tickled his fancy. He didn't, however, discount the possibility of signing some.
"We could bring in a couple," he said.
"We're trying to make sure we're doing our due diligence with underclassmen," he added, "and fill needs."
So far, so good.
Aaron Brown, a 6-5, 205-pound small forward from Penn Wood High in Lansdowne, Pa., is averaging 20.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists for a team currently 13-7.
Center Pat Forsythe, a 6-10, 210-pound standout from Brunswick, Ohio, is averaging 23.5 points, 13.2 rebounds and 6.2 blocked shots. He's shooting 66 percent from the field, which would be a school record if it holds up.
"He's probably a first-team All-Ohio pick," Brunswick coach Joe Mackey said Thursday. "He's having a phenomenal year considering the circumstances. We have a freshman point guard and two sophomore wings. We're very young, but he's kept us afloat."
Brunswick plays in the tough, 18-team Northeast Ohio Conference within the elite division. The team is 11-5, but with a chance to land a No. 2 seed when sectional play rolls around.
"He's been double- and triple-teamed and still has astronomical numbers," Mackey said. "He's got the eyes of all northeast Ohio on him since signing. He's brought a lot of people to our games."