Opposing teams have been able to play off WVU's guards. They've been able to give Deniz Kilicli fits inside. Yes, Kilicli can exhibit hands of stone - see his 60 turnovers - but better passes would have helped.
Another factor in WVU's decline has been a lack of depth. That doesn't just show up in games, but in practices. With the luck of the aforementioned recruiting classes, one wonders how difficult practices have been. Better players make for tougher practices. Tougher practices make for better teams.
So what will be done?
Huggins has to wipe much of the slate clean. And word is, that will happen. Heading to Morgantown are two four-star recruits in Macon, who re-signed, and 6-8 Devin Williams. Also incoming are 6-10 Brandon Watkins and Morgantown High's Nathan Adrian.
And there might be more. Word is, Mountaineers coaches haven't seen much to their liking in regard to junior college players, but accepting transfers is a definite possibility.
There are whispers Aaron Brown and Keaton Miles are looking at possible escapes to other schools. Volodymyr Gerun might land at, say, Fairmont State. Even the future of Aaric Murray, once touted as a one-and-done player, might be up in the air.
Certainly, there will be a shakeup. Huggins needs guards that can at least pass the ball, if not shoot. He needs depth, not only for games, but for practices. He needs players that will listen and work hard.
WVU's new practice facility should help attract all. Huggins' track record should attract all.
Will there be a learning curve for the reshaped team next season? More than likely.
But perhaps next season's Mountaineer team will improve.
Unlike the one we witnessed this year.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.