'We'll Be Fine'

West Virginia fans are surely wondering how this year's basketball team will shape up.

With so many newcomers to a depleted roster, it's a fair question.

Freshman Aaron Brown has your answer. His response, after just a few summer practices prior to a trip to Italy, "We'll be fine."

In fact, he said those words over and over on Thursday.

Brown, 6-foot-5, 205-pound forward, is one of the many newcomers that will be expected to contribute immediately for the Mountaineers in 2011-12. According to him, his head has already stopped spinning, as he has already begun to get the gist of what the coaching staff is looking for.

"The last couple of weeks have been different. It's a different level than high school, so I'm just transitioning to this level," he said. "Sometimes it's overwhelming, because [the coaches] throw so much stuff at you and you have to grasp as much as you can and continue with it.

"I pretty much know everything. I'm just trying to get it down pat so it's not even a question anymore."

Brown, a Darby, Pa. native, was one of the most consistent players in the final week of the Pittsburgh Pro Am earlier this summer. He had a knack for scoring around the rim and pulling down offensive rebounds against the fellow collegiate competition.

Brown characterized his game by saying: "I'm a slasher, I get to the rim and I love to finish on defenders. I shoot the mid-range jump shot, and I just play hard."

That last aspect of his game has proved to be an asset in head coach Bob Huggins' three-hour practices. Brown admits that a player under Huggins must give 110 percent at all times. "[Huggins] loves effort … That's what he wants," Brown said. "If you can incorporate the plays in the with that, you'll be fine.

"He threw a lot of things at us the first week. He just wants us to take in as much as we can, and try to put that in the mix out there on the court."

That's what Huggins and the rest of the coaching staff expects the team's trip to Italy later this month.

It will be Brown's first trip outside of the United States. And a perk no average incoming college freshman gets to experience.

"It's a privilege to be able to work on your craft and get better as a team. It's going to be a great learning experience for everyone," Brown said.

Brown deviated from his "we'll be fine" phrase once. It may give an idea of what he and his fellow freshmen believe is to come in 2011-12.

"I've learned that we're all going to play hard, and we're going to stick together," he said. "Once we do that, we'll be special."


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