A couple of days ago men’s head basketball coach Bob Huggins addressed the media for the first time in the 2017-18 season. There’s a lot to talk surrounding this years team due to its rather challenging non-conference schedule, Esa Ahmad’s suspension and the return of Jevon Carter for his senior campaign.
Coach Huggins was asked about his thoughts on the rigorous schedule and he jokingly said, “It’s too hard, Billy (Hahn) made the schedule then retired. Billy will never take the blame. I don’t know, we need to play Pitt, it’s good for both schools. We need to play someone in the Big 12/SEC challenge, then they come to you and say do you want to be the team that opens up the college basketball season, how do you say no to that?” The Backyard Brawl will be reignited on January in 9th in Pittsburgh and the Mountaineers open the season in Germany against Texas A&M.
We all knew that the most prominent question would be who will fill in for Esa Ahmad during his suspension. Coach Huggins responded, “Well DeAngelo (Hunter) is long, he’s 6’6″, he has some ball skills and can make shots, Wes (Harris) can go and rebound it, he’s really athletic and can step out and make shots. Then Teddy (Allen) just finds ways to score, unfortunately so does his man, that’s something we’re going to have fix that, but these guys were going to play anyway.”
It’s nice to have Huggins behind a microphone again talking the upcoming hoops season.