WVU Picked Seventh

Despite a roster loaded with first year players, West Virginia garnered a seventh place preseason selection from the men's basketball coaches in the Big East.

The vote perhaps shows as much respect for the abilities of WVU head coach Bob Huggins as it does for the Mountaineer roster. Huggins has a long track record of success in blending new talent into his lineup, but even he admits that this year's challenge will be one of the biggest of his career.

In announcing the league selections, the Big East official release noted, "The Mountaineers figure to be led by senior forward Kevin Jones who made the Preseason All-Big East First Team. Last season, WVU compiled its seventh straight 20-win season, finishing 21-12."

Jones was one of six players on the league's preseason first team.

Jones has been a three-year contributor as a scorer and rebounder. The 6-8 senior forward averaged 13.1 points and led the Mountaineers in rebounding with a 7.5 mark. Entering the 2011-12 season, Jones leads all league players with 612 points and 364 rebounds in conference games.

1 Connecticut (7) 209
2 Syracuse (5) 209
3 Louisville (3) 201
4 Pitt (1) 188
5 Cincinnati 169
6 Marquette 155
7 West Virginia 132
8 Villanova 127
9 Notre Dame 114
10 Georgetown 104
11 Rutgers 75
12 St. John's 71
13 Seton Hall 56
14 USF 43
15 Providence 40
16 DePaul 27

First Place Votes in Parentheses

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