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Poll: Are You Confident with Current State of WVU Basketball?



WVU Basketball HC Darian DeVries

One year ago this week, Bob Huggins went on a Cincinnati radio station, throwing out an anti-gay slur targeted towards Xavier. That began a downward spiral of the WVU basketball program, which eventually ended up with Huggins resigning in June following a DUI arrest in Pittsburgh.

At the time, Huggins and his staff had a top transfer class in the country highlighted by Jesse Edwards, RaeQuan Battle and Kerr Kriisa. The plan was to pair those guys up with the remaining players from an NCAA Tournament team including Tre Mitchell, Joe Toussaint and others.

Now, after a long season filled in by Josh Eilert, West Virginia seems to be trending back to normal under new head coach Darian DeVries. DeVries has set his staff in place and is currently in the process of rebuilding the roster for the 2024-25 season.

Are you confident with the current state of the WVU basketball program?



  1. jackson five

    May 9, 2024 at 1:46 pm

    the proof is in the pudding, and the pudding isn’t completely made yet,, so ,the jury’s out but leaning heavily towards great results,, let’s go mountianeers.

  2. WVUfan

    May 9, 2024 at 2:48 pm

    Still withholding judgment. Nothing against DeVries at all but we all should have learned by now to take all the recruiting and transfer hype with a truckload of salt. In Huggins’ twilight years the media and the boosters on social media spent every preseason talking up the newcomers and predicting great seasons. Then we watched them play and learned that the players were both not as good individually as advertised and did not fit together well as a team on the court. That and the lazy and unfocused coaching resulted in a grand total of 1 NCAA tourney win in six years.

    I am hopeful the new staff recruits, prepares, teaches and coaches at a level well above what we endured over the past 6 years but, until we see actual progress I will continue to read the glowing reports with skepticism. We could hardly be worse than we have been and it is unrealistic to expect great things in the first season of the total rebuild of a program wrecked by years of neglect followed by an epic meltdown.

    What we need to avoid is going negative on the new staff is the ride is bumpy at the start. Just getting to .500 overall and making the NIT would be a big step up from where we were last season.

  3. Richard I Lee

    May 9, 2024 at 2:49 pm

    I’m very confident. Devries has a great resume, and he has attracted some solid players. I like his long view of building a program – building on high school recruits. Being the coach of a Big 12 program with excellent facilities should help
    Unfortunately, Devries is in a tough spot because Huggins did not leave the program in the best shape.
    WVU fans will have to be very patient.

  4. Shannon Miller

    May 9, 2024 at 4:32 pm

    WVUFAN said it all. Nothing to add.

  5. gary soltes

    May 10, 2024 at 6:38 am

    just remember 2 steps does not make a dancer.pray we do great but this is the big 12 not the bush league.

  6. David LaffertyD

    May 11, 2024 at 7:44 am

    Hope to see improved coaching with additional talent. Still need true big man, scoring forward, and ballhandling guard. Key is adjustments during game, which has been lacking for years.

  7. Bob

    May 12, 2024 at 1:19 pm

    I’m cautiously optimistic. DeVries inherited a mess after the ex took a dump on us and flushed the program down the crapper but after a year of clueless nice guy Josh unsurprisingly floundering helplessly, we now appear to be on the right track with a leader who is both motivated and capable.

    I expect major improvement and at least being on the bubble heading into March. If nothing else we should be more fun to watch than we have in a long time.

  8. Rick

    May 12, 2024 at 11:49 pm

    Hope they loose every game. Go Pitt!

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