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Bob Huggins Goes In-Depth About Individual Mountaineers

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West Virginia’s men’s basketball team has shifted many players over the past six months. Now WVU head coach Bob Huggins has talked about his new look team. Here’s who Huggins went in-depth about on Monday and what he had to say about each player.

Jimmy Bell: “Jimmy has really worked at it. He’s worked four times a day and nobody made him. He wants to be a good player. He has great feet for a guy that big, great feet. He has been playing at 285 [pounds], I wouldn’t mind him getting down to 260. 285, he’s hard to move now.”

Josiah Davis: “He’s a West Virginia kid that wanted to play at West Virginia. He’s competitive, he makes things competitive. If you look at our point guard position, it is very competitive.”

Kedrian Johnson: “Obviously Keddy is the guy who is the best right now because he knows what’s going on. He’s been through a whole year.”

Kobe Johnson: “We threw Kobe out there [last year] because we had to. He’s not a point, really. We can play him at point now, we can play him at the two because he has size and strength. He’s worked well up to this point. He’s a guy who’s going to play minutes because he can give something at a lot of positions.”

Emmitt Matthews: “Ball is going in. He’s not slinging it over his head, his mechanics are really good. He’s a much, much better offensive player I think before he left. He was a very good defender before. We actually played him at the four because we had to. I’m sure we can play him at the three now, which will help us rebound the ball on both ends.”

James Okonkwo: “James is getting better and better. He kind of plays a little too fast for his own good. He can block shots, rebound, run. He’s going to be a factor for us. He’s physical. Honestly, he’s the only guy that can keep Jimmy [Bell] off the glass.”

Erik Stevenson: “He makes shots. He’s competitive. It wasn’t hard for me to do any research on him having played for Frank [Martin]. Erik is the alpha of the group.”

Erik Stevenson and Tre Mitchell: “Ball goes in. They can both shoot it. They’re both competitive, played at the highest level. They’re going to be a lot more comfortable. Those guys have been around and have played for good coaches. If anybody ought to be ready, it would be those guys.”

Joe Toussaint: “Joe is good, he’s played really well for us. They [Joe + Keddy] know what they’re doing.”

Mohamed Wague: “Mo can block shots. He’s 6-foot-10, can run, is agile. He’s our best shot blocker.”

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. Ethan has covered WVU men’s basketball, football and recruiting for the past two years. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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