I wrote a few days ago that West Virginia University’s basketball team would likely see some players transfer.
The news came down Monday afternoon that three players will be leaving the Mountaineers.
Two of those are not a surprise, but I wasn’t sure of the third. I had heard through the grapevine that sophomore Aaron Brown would likely leave. The same goes for freshman Voloymyr Gerun. But, I was a little surprised to see sophomore Jabarie Hinds decided to leave.
WVU head coach Bob Huggins announced today that Brown, Gerun and Hinds have asked for their releases and plan to transfer.
Hinds, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard from Mount Vernon, N.Y., appeared in all 32 games last season, averaging 7.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Brown, a 6-foot-5 sophomore guard from Darby, Pa., appeared in 17 games in 2012-13, averaging 1.2 points and 0.9 rebounds per game.
Gerun, a 6-foot-10 sophomore forward from the Ukraine, played in seven games this past season, averaging 1.3 points and 0.7 rebounds per game. Gerun is said to be headed to Fairmont State or another Division II school.
WVU already has four players signed to come in next season. They are four-star recruits Devin Williams and Elijah Macon are in the fold. Macon is 6-9 and Williams 6-8 forwards. The other two are 6-10 add Brandon Watkins and 6-8 Nathan Adrian. Adrian is from Morgantown.
“”He’s got some bounce and can run. We are looking for big things from him,” Huggins told WVU Illustrated about Macon.”
“We are looking for big things from Devin (Williams),” Huggins stated. “I think he may be arguably the best rebounder
“Obviously we had a hard time shooting the basketball,” Huggins told the website. “Nathan (Adrian) is a guy who comes in and gives us great size on the perimeter but can also make shots. Brandon (Watkins) is 6-foot-10 and is long and runs and is active.”
Reports are that WVU is going to offer Martinsburg senior Donte’ Grantham a scholarship. He is a 6-7 wing, who can play either the small forward or even the two guard position. Grantham was recently named as the state’s player of the year and led his team to the Class AAA state title.
A report in a Charleston newspaper over the weekend stated that Huggins was interested in a 6-4 point guard Devin Wilson of Montour High in McKees Rocks, Pa. He was said to be a taller version of ex-Mountaineer Joe Mazzulla.
There had been rumors that both Keaton Miles and transfer Aaric Murray may have wanted to leave. But, apparently they are staying in Morgantown.
Other reports said Huggins has also been looking at a couple of junior college players.
Freshmen Eron Harris and Terry Henderson had solid seasons and they should blend well with the newcomers. Forward Kevin Noreen is also a returning starter.
West Virginia is coming off a horrible season finishing with a record of 13-19.
Three seniors - Matt Humphrey, Deniz Kilicli and Dom Rutledge - have used up their eligibility.
So with the transfers and new recruits, WVU will have a totally different look next season.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)