Spring List Taking Shape

With WVU missing on highly regarded 6-4 guard John Winchester, who signed with Tennessee, some new and familar names have emerged as critical spring targets.

Certainly at the top of WVU's wish list is 6-0 guard Darryl Hill of Milford Academy (CT). Hill, who gave an early verbal commitment in October to the Mountaineers, decided to wait and rethink his decision before signing with a school.

Milford Head Coach Bob Riggio recently stated that WVU was certainly not out of the mix, but Darryl simply felt like he committed too quickly. Hill would fit perfectly into WVU run and press style of play.

Last season, Hill was one of the top players in New York at Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens. Hill really made a splash on the national scene during the summer at the Adidas Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas with the Long Island Panthers. Hill will remind many Mountaineer fans of current WVU player Jonathan Hargett.

The Mountaineers will battle Fresno State, Providence and several other schools for Hill's signature this spring.

Another new name to watch in the coming months is 6-4 G Justin Flatt. Flatt is a big-time long range shooter from Savannah Hardin County HS (TN).

Flatt is reportedly being pursued by such schools as West Virginia, N.C. State, Vanderbilt, Virginia and several more ACC and SEC teams. Flatt is already fully-qualified under NCAA requirements.

Flatt has averaged 33 ppg so far this season and recently hit for 42 points despite being ill. The Mountaineers have already scheduled several opportunities to watch Flatt perform.

WVU is also looking at several top-rated juco guards for the spring, and may be close to getting a commitment, but nothing has been confirmed as yet.

In any event, the next few months should be very interesting for Mountaineer basketball fans, both on and off the court.

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