The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

November 19, 2009

Huggins adds big man to fold

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins may have added the last piece to his national championship plan when he landed the 7-footer he has sought to play in the middle.

Huggins final scholarship for 2010-11 went to Sudanese native David Nyarsuk, a 7-1, 230-pound center who will attend WVU next season. He is currently playing at Mountain State Academy.

Huggins previously landed Logan point guard Noah Cottrill, who played at Mountain State last year.

It appears that Huggins now has a “farm system” developing at Mountain State, where his former player, Rodney Crawford, is coach.

“We’re excited about David’s ability to be a game changer at the defensive end of the floor,” Huggins said. “His ability to change shots around the basket, as well as run the floor, will fit well into what we do at both ends of the floor. David is an extremely hard worker, which is what we have prided ourselves on.”

WVU graduates two seniors after this season — forward Da’Sean Butler and Wellington Smith — and it is thought the Mountaineers might lose Devin Ebanks, currently not with the team due to “personal issues,” to the NBA after the season.

If Ebanks were to return, Huggins would have a spectacular front line with Ebanks, Kevin Jones, John Flowers, freshmen Danny Jennings and Deniz Kilicli and incoming freshman Nyarsuk, who has been in the country only two years but has proven himself to be a solid student as well as player.

WVU would have Truck Bryant, Joe Mazzulla and Noah Cottrill to play the point next year with Casey Mitchell, Jonnie West and Dalton Pepper back as shooting guards.

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Award winners for the Cincinnati football game: Offensive champion: quarterback Jarrett Brown, wide receiver Bradley Starks, fullback Ryan Clarke; special teams champion: punter Scott Kozlowski; offensive scout champion: Chris Snook; defensive scout champion: Bobby Weston.

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