There are 31 coaches who vote in the poll, inlcuding Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and Bob Huggins of Cincinnati. Those might be the likeliest candidate for WVU voters, but we'd bet that Gary Williams of Maryland would not be in that group.
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Did anyone notice Moustapha Diagne's limited participation for New Mexico Saturday night? Diagne, who was connected with WVU during last year's recruiting battles, eventually signed with the Lobos but has been playing only about ten minutes per game, averaging 1.5 points and two rebounds per outing.
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In that same vein, several other former Mountaineers have popped up on the college landscape. Kent Dennis and Keith Kincade are playing reserve roles for Loyola-Marymount this year. Each is seeing 14-16 inutes per game for the Lions.
Also, former point guard Jarret Kearse appeared in Shaw University's preseason exhibition game, but did not appear in any of the team's regular season games, nor is he listed on their roster. Shaw's coach is Joel Hopkins, who most recently coached Tim Lyles at Mt Zion.
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Point guard Yolanda Paige has made an immediate impact on the West Virginia women's basketball team. She nabbed Rookie of the Week honors last week, and has been a sparkplug on both ends of the floor.
Surprisingly, the 5-6 Paige also leads the Mountaineers in rebounding with 25, four more than inside stalwart Brandi Batch. It just goes to show that rebounding is as much about positioning and fundamentals as it is about leaping ability.
The women's team has also gotten a second commitment from Wabash Valley Community College standout Janell Dunlap.
Dunlap, a 5-10 small forward/guard from Memphis, Tenn., averaged 11.7 points, six rebounds and 4.5 steals a game for the Warriors last season. She started all 32 games for Wabash and helped her team to a 30-2 overall record and a Region 24 regular season conference championship.