West Virginia men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins had two scholarships to fill on his team for next season and, when speaking to the media Friday morning, he sounded happy with who he brought in to fill them.
Huggins and WVU signed Ohio guards Seth Wilson and Kobe Johnson this week. Wilson (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) is from Lorain, Ohio where he plays at Lorain High while Johnson (6-foot-4, 207 pounds) is from Canton and plays at Canton McKinley.
Both were rated as three-star combo guards by 247SPorts, with Wilson rated as the fifth-best prospect in Ohio and Johnson the sixth. Huggins said he focused on guards this recruiting period because that is what the Mountaineers are going to need in a couple of years.
“These are the two best guards in Ohio,” Huggins said. “We’re going to need guards. We’re going to lose Taz [Sherman], we’re going to lose Sean [McNeil], we’re going to lose Jordan [McCabe] all in the same year so we’re going to need people who can be ready to step in and play.”
McCabe and McNeil are juniors and Sherman is a senior but could return to WVU next season because of the NCAA’s ruling on eligibility exemption for this season.
Huggins went on to say that he likes to recruit in Ohio because he is so familiar with the area. Huggins’ father, Charlie Huggins, started the Eastern Ohio Sport Complex in 1969, an eight-week basketball camp for 300 players. The elder Huggins, along with Ed McCluskey, ran the camp until 2000, when Bob Huggins’ younger brother, Larry Huggins took it over.
“I know everybody [In Ohio], I know everybody through the camp,” Bob Huggins said. “I’m kind of wired in there so why not take advantage of it?”
Huggins said nearly every high school basketball coach in the state either helped out with his father’s camp or went through it themselves at some point. Huggins said that level of familiarity has helped him in recruiting the state.
“Ohio high school basketball’s terrific,” Huggins said. “I guess it’s a matter of familiarity. Ohio basketball coaches are way more familiar with my family than any other coach in America.”
Wilson and Johnson will join fellow Ohioans Derek Culver and Miles ‘Deuce McBride’, already on WVU’s roster.