Bigs On Campus For Unofficials

While West Virginia is still looking for two players to fill out its basketball recruiting class of 2012, it will welcome four underclassmen to campus this weekend for unofficial visits.

With big men on the docket for the Class of 2013, West Virginia is getting a great start in selling its program to a quartet of prospects, including:

  • Maverick Morgan: A 6-8 post player who will likely be in the 6-10 range by the time he heads to college, Morgan is a smooth post player who operates well with his back to the basket. He has excellent hands, and catches and finishes well.

  • Mike Young: Another strong performer who plays bigger than his listed height of six feet, seven inches. Young could develop into a force on the interior, and has all the tools to be an outstanding defender as well. Like Morgan, he has an advanced post game on offense that he uses to its maximum potential. He could wind up being an overpowering offensive player on the blocks and in the lane.

  • Chinonso Obokoh: Sensing a trend yet? Obokoh is yet another back to the basket player, but he's less widely known than Morgan or young, because he just came to the U.S. last year. That hasn't stopped a number of schools from the Big East, including West Virginia, Syracuse, Villanova, Notre Dame and Miami from showing interest. He runs the floor very well, goes after the ball aggressively and has more post skills than his limited time in the U.S. might suggest.

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    The fourth player is Morgantown's own Nathan Adrian, who fits the visitor profile in terms of height, but who has gravitated more toward the perimeter during his high school career. An accomplished scorer, Adrian is working to improve his post game and become a more well-rounded prospect.

    "I've been working on my own o a lot on my strength and on posting up more," the 6-8, 195-pounder told "I want to improve those parts of my game and help my team make another run in the state tournament."

    Living in the same city that WVU is located in, Adrian doesn't have too many questions that will need to be answered on his "visit".

    "I pretty much know everything about the facilities and the school, so it will be a chance to get to know some of the other guys that are visiting," he said.

    Adrian, who is also being recruited by Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, was hampered by a badly sprained ankle over the summer. He suffered the injury at the Hoop Group Jam Fest in Morgantown in July, and managed to play in just one game in Orlando at a subsequent AAU event.

    "I could barely walk in that game, but it's fine now," he said. "I'm 100% and ready to go."

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