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March 23, 2011

What will be look of WVU’s future backcourt?

MORGANTOWN — Rumors, rumors, rumors.

In this Internet era, rumors reside everywhere, not just in “ruming houses,” so to speak, and many of them are swirling around the West Virginia University basketball program.

The Mountaineers are in need of a point guard, with Joe Mazzulla gone and Truck Bryant showing himself to be better as the off guard, so what better place to begin that right here in West Virginia, where Mike Casazza of the Daily Mail in Charleston conjured up the ghost of last year’s hot recruit, Noah Cottrill.

“Consider the whispers Noah Cottrill has retreated to Michigan to be with his older brother and address the personal issues that forced his exit from WVU this past season, in order to get back with the team,” Casazza wrote. “If his return is no longer an impossibility and he is welcomed back, WVU has a shooter it really needs as well as another piece for what may be a fresh approach next season.”

While this would seem like a longshot, coach Bob Huggins has been known to be compassionate, and if Cottrill can convince him that his personal problems are behind him, Huggins might be willing to welcome him back, perhaps first as a walk-on.

Then came word out of Dayton, Ohio, that the Flyers’ point guard Juwan Statten, a prime recruit a year ago, is leaving that program because he didn’t feel it was the right fit.

Statten led the Atlantic 10 in assists but did not shoot well and was reportedly unhappy that he wasn’t given more freedom to freelance. Huggins, as anyone who has watched him knows, doesn’t have a whole lot of freelancing, but he is a player’s coach and does not hear many complaints about it.

The Dayton Daily News suggested that Statten might be interested in West Virginia.

WVU has a top point guard in this recruiting class in Jabarie Hinds, but it would be best if Huggins could break him in more slowly and have a player like Statten, who would not be eligible for a year, to work with and push him in his development.

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