If you watched the NBA Finals, you saw Miami Heat guard Norris Cole. Well, back in late 2009, he played for Cleveland State and went 11 of 21 from the floor for 29 points in an 80-78 WVU win.
Yet Cole wasn't the only eventual NBA player the Mountaineers faced en route to their 31-7 season. Far, far from it.
Here's the list I compiled, aside from Cole:
Marquette's Jimmy Butler, who averaged 8.6 points during this past season for the Chicago Bulls and broke out to average 13.3 during the playoffs.
Syracuse's Wesley Johnson, who averaged 8 points this past season with the Phoenix Suns; and Kris Joseph, who had a cup of coffee with the Brooklyn Nets.
Purdue's E'Twaun Moore, who averaged 7.8 points with the Orlando Magic.
Ohio State's Evan Turner, who averaged 13.3 points for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Providence's MarShon Brooks, who averaged 5.4 points for the Nets.
Connecticut's Kemba Walker, who averaged 17.7 points for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Cincinnati's Lance Stephenson, who averaged 8.8 points during the regular season for Indiana and 9.4 in the postseason.
Georgetown's Greg Monroe, who averaged 16 points and 9.6 rebounds for the Detroit Pistons.
Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough, who averaged 2 points for the Pacers.
Washington's Isaiah Thomas, who averaged 13.9 points for the Sacramento Kings, and Quincy Pondexter, who averaged 6.4 during the regular season for the Memphis Grizzlies and 8.9 in the postseason.
Kentucky's John Wall, a No. 1 draft pick, averaged 18.5 points this past season and 16.9 in two years with the Washington Wizards; DeMarcus Cousins has averaged 16.3 points in three seasons for the Kings; Patrick Patterson averaged 10.4 points this past season for the Kings; Darius Miller averaged 2.3 points for the New Orleans Pelicans; Eric Bledsoe averaged 8.5 points for the Los Angeles Clippers; and DeAndre Liggins averaged 1.5 points for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Also, Duke's Kyle Singler averaged 8.8 points for the Detroit Pistons; Lance Thomas averaged 2.5 for the Pelicans; Nolan Smith averaged 2.8 for the Portland Trail Blazers; and Miles Plumlee averaged .9 for the Pacers.
"We played against a bunch [of NBA-caliber players]," Huggins said.
At least 23. And that doesn't count players of the ilk that haven't panned out, like Big Ten player of the year JaJuan Johnson of Purdue, Notre Dame's Luke Harangody, South Florida's Dominique Jones, Marshall's Hasaan Whiteside, Pitt's Ashton Gibbs, Villanova's Scottie Reynolds or Cincy's Yancy Gates.
Nor does it count three other players selected in Thursday's NBA draft - Duke's Mason Plumlee, taken with the 22nd pick by Brooklyn; Louisville's Peyton Siva, the 56th pick by Detroit; and Alex Oriakhi, who played for UConn at the time before transferring to Missouri and was chosen with the 57th pick by Phoenix.
Keep in mind NBA teams have but 15 roster spots. And there are but 30 teams.
Which makes WVU's 2009-10 run even more dashing in retrospect.
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