Buay Tuach has seen his recruitment take off during the last weeks of his junior college career at Northeast (Neb.) Community College, and one of the biggest results is the setting of a trip to West Virginia next weekend. The lanky, athletic wing hopes to cram as much as possible into his initial visit to the state.
"I want to find out if it's the right place for me," Tuach said when asked about his goals for the visit. "I need to see if I fit, and what type of people are there. Is the environment good for me? How do I get along with the team? I need to find out everything I can."
West Virginia's interest in Tuach blossomed a couple of months ago, when the sophomore had a breakout game against a player the Mountaineers had also been scouting. Facing Marshalltown Community College, Tuach scored 26 points and ripped down 12 rebounds, which not only kept alive an eventual five-game winning streak, but also get him noticed by the Mountaineer staff.
Coming out of Omaha South (Neb.) High School, Tuach faced the combination of not much high-level interest and a shortfall on standardized test scores. With several junior colleges and lower division schools showing interest, he chose nearby Northeast, where he could further his career in a familiar environment. He immediately helped the Hawks, and has been a stalwart throughout his two years with the team, but now hopes to move on to the ever-desirable next level. His hard work and persistence in graduating from school and improving his game is evident, and he said that the feeling of achievement it has given him is a very positive one.
"I am looking forward to talking with Coach Huggins on campus. He's a great coach," Tuach said of his impending visit. "I know West Virginia has a lot of players coming back, but Coach Huggins said he thinks I can help the team, and he likes my size."
A strong driver and aggressive attacker on offense, Tuach averaged 16.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest this year.
"I think I have multiple strengths," he said. "I can finish strong, and I like to drive the ball. Defense has always been important to me too. My coach in high school emphasized it, so it was always something that I worked on."
As interest in him grows (he has offers from St. Bonaventure and Loyola Marymount, among others), and growing interest from Texas and VCU), Tuach said that he will likely take a couple more visits before making his decision, although he has not set anything else up yet. He confirmed that West Virginia is very strong on his interest list.
At the moment, West Virginia does not have any scholarships open in the Class of 2015, but Huggins did indicate on a recent radio interview that one transfer might occur. He did not name any potential candidates.