More Early Interest For WVU

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M point guard Jeff Newberry took an official visit to West Virginia this past weekend, and updates with his thoughts on the Mountaineers.

Newberry, a 6-2 guard, didn't need to see a whole lot on his visit to West Virginia. For him, it wasn't necessarily about seeing the specifics about the Mountaineer program, but more about meeting a couple WVU coaches whom he idolized.

"The best part was when I got to meet Coach Huggins and Da'Sean Butler. I feel like Huggins is just so well known and I grew up watching Da'Ssean Butler. I always looked up to him so it was great to see him."

In addition to meeting the Mountaineers' head man, he had the opportunity for a personalized conversation with Huggins. It's the mixture of seriousness and laughter that mostly caught Newberry's attention.

"Coach Huggins just keeps it real and you don't have to be uptight around him," Newberry continued. "He's just a great guy. He basically told me he's had a bunch of great players over the years and if I came to play for him I could add my name to that list."

Newberry attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla., last season where he averaged 15 points per game. Next year, however, he plans to attend New Mexico Junior College to continue to develop his game. And a wide variety of schools, including WVU, have already begun to take notice.

"I have a lot of schools already coming at me because I played junior college last year, Newberry said. "My mentor has talked with Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kentucky and LSU. All those schools want me to take official visits there. I know Georgia wanted me to visit there this past weekend but I chose West Virginia instead."

While Newberry admits he isn't ready to make a commitment just yet, the process of trimming down his list of suitors could begin before next season.

"I was looking to give a verbal commitment to a school before the season started, but it's going to be a process of talking with my family and figuring out what I'm going to do."

Where do the Mountaineers currently stand after his visit?

"Honestly, West Virginia just put themselves at the top of my list," he said. "The whole visit was great and they felt like family."

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