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March 30, 2013

HERTZEL COLUMN: Austin’s draft stock is rising


MORGANTOWN — o o o o o o

Sometimes the best recruits are the ones who don’t make it to your school.

Deon Long was a five-star recruit that WVU had committed a few years back, only to wind up at Hargrave Military Academy.

He wound up spending some time at New Mexico and then Iowa Western Community College, where he led them to a national championship, before he landed at Maryland this year as one of their top recruits.

Well, guess what?

He’s been suspended for a couple of weeks for violating university policy after enrolling early so he could compete for a starting job this year out of spring practice.

Long is a former high school teammate of WVU’s Tavon Austin and they were just envisioning him, Austin and Stedman Bailey out wide before he failed to make it academically here.

o o o o o o

Seldom, on Twitter, do I turn to the “Discoveries” queue, but on a Sunday night following some NCAA action I opted to see just what was brewing there.

It began with an phrase far more apt than anyone could have imagine, for it describes itself as “What’s happening now, tailored for you.”

  How fitting, so to speak, to use the word tailored for the first tweet was a close-up picture of the Florida Gold Coast University coach being interviewed on CBS, which pointed out in the first row in the background, right next to a terribly irritating sort of person wearing a “Cameron Crazies” T-shirt was … a  straight-shooter gentleman wearing a wearing a spanking new West Virginia University rifle team NCAA championship T-shirt.

This is not exactly what you would expect to see at the NCAA basketball tournament, but considering how this year went in basketball, both men and women, it was a shirt he could wear with a great deal of pride.

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