Huggins Talks Bahamas Trip, Players Available

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.- West Virginia opened preparation for its three-game summer Bahamas trip Monday as part of its run-up of practices leading to its Aug. 10 tip-off. Here, head coach Bob Huggins details what he hopes to achieve with the practices, players who will be available and the trio of games as a whole.

Huggins, below, announced that Nate Adrian and Brandon Watkins would not be able to play, but will make the trip. Adrian isn't expected to be able to go full speed for another month-plus, while Watkins, who had knee surgery, is in the midst of recovery and rebuilding and strengthening the area. Teyvon Myers (6-3, 190 lbs.) must complete his junior college credits at Williston State (N.D.), and will not be eligible for the trip. Esa Ahmad, a 6-8, 220-pound Scout.com four-star freshman who came to Morgantown on Sunday, is expected to complete the three hours of credits needed for him to be able to make the trip.

Huggins also touched on the new 30-second shot clock, how that would affect play, and how WVU could be a better motion team and pass the ball better. He also called Tarik Phillip his most improved player, and updated the search for a point guard in replacing departed seniors Juwan Staten and Gary Browne while noting that the culture change has been completed back to where West Virginia was in the initial years under Huggins. WVU tips off on Aug. 10, and also plays games on the 12th and 13th.



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