"I think that comes with the working hard part,'' Murray said. "I think [the inability to do it consistently was] like the basketball gods [telling me] I didn't work hard enough to be consistent every day. That's why I have to make sure I work hard in this offseason so I can be consistent every day and help my team win.''
Whether Murray returns, however, is just one of the questions to be answered in the coming months.
Again, the Mountaineers lose just three seniors from this team, but all played varying degrees of a major role, at least late in the season. Deniz Kilicli leaves after an up-and-down four years in which he was almost always in the rotation, if not an integral part of the Mountaineer game plan. Dominique Rutledge and Matt Humphrey disappeared at times for long stretches on the bench - Rutledge during his two seasons after junior college and Humphrey in his one as a post-graduate transfer - but were in the mix late in the season.
Those won't be the only departures, though. Huggins has already signed four players for next season and if all four arrive - academics or other issues could always stand in the way - the Mountaineers will be one over the NCAA limit of 13 scholarship players.
Huggins has hinted - in fact, he's outright said - that his recruiting isn't over. It will be a surprise if he doesn't sign more players this spring, and for everyone he signs and gets into school it means someone else will have to go.
Some of that, of course, will be taken care of through natural attrition. Aaron Brown, for instance, played in only 17 games and scored just 21 points after playing in all 32 as a freshman and scoring 134 points. Keaton Miles started 30 games as a freshman, but for most of the Big 12 season seldom got off the bench, averaging nearly 20 minutes per game through December and then less than six minutes after that. Gary Browne's minutes declined significantly in the last five games and Volodymyr Gerun might be better suited to a lower division of play.
There could also be surprise departures for personal reasons. And, of course, Huggins could simply encourage another player or two to pursue a different path.
The four players Huggins has already signed are all bigs of one degree or another, small forwards or power forwards - 6-foot-9 Elijah Macon, 6-9 Brandon Watkins, 6-8 Devin Williams and 6-8 Nathan Adrian.
Add to that group the return of 6-10 junior-to-be Kevin Noreen and Murray and West Virginia will have some frontcourt potential. In the backcourt, point guards Juwan Staten and Jabarie Hinds and shooting guards Harris and Terry Henderson should all return.
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