Tarik Phillip and Nate Adrian will be keys in providing depth and shooting touch for West Virginia.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - With West Virginia beginning to build its depth and rotation around the starters, both Tarik Phillip and Nate Adrian could figure prominently in both facets.

Phillip, a combo guard who could fit at the one or two positions, has a much-improved shot and significantly better undertanding of the press and his responsibilities in his second season in the program. The junior emerged late last year as a legitimate outside shooting threat, and one whose 6-3 size and solid build would be a defensive asset. Here, Phillip speaks to the developments within his game, including his better touch in the midrange, and how he sees the press fitting up with new backcourt starters and better overall seasoning along an entire roster with experience playing the style. Phillip also details the improvements to Adrian's game, as the fellow junior comes off a season plagued with a wrist injury.

Adrian, a 6-9 stretch four out of Morgantown High, followed a promising freshman season with the proverbial sophomore slump caused mainly by a wrist that caused both pain and, as a corollary, an altered outside shot that took away portions of his effectiveness. Adrian has seemingly returned to form, looking smooth and finding the mark the vast majority of the time both in practice and in the exhibition win over Glenville State. Here, Adrian reviews his recovery, the status of the wrist, and his thoughts on a Northern Kentucky team with much the same personnel, but a different head coach and new, more uptempo approach.

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