Basketball Dichotomy

Gale Catlett has a team going through some growing processes, and that has led to some ups and downs so far this season.

"We have a team that is growing some. We're still trying to search out and find our rotation for the Big East season," Catlett said on Wednesday. Who are the seven, eight, nine and ten guys in the rotation going to be? How many minutes will they play? That's what we're working on now.

"We're going througth an unsettled time right now due to holidays and finals. We've been practicing in 1 1/2 hour sessions this week.

"I wasn't sure what I expected bringing in five new players. We won one game we shouldn't have, and probably lost one we shouldn't have.

"We have both potential and problems, but I am relatively pleased with our team thus far."

With so many freshmen and newcomers (five of the top ten) on the court so much, a roller coaster ride in terms of productivity and execution is to be expected early on. Catlett attributes some of that to the challenge of blending his newcomers and veterans, but noted that his freshman point guard is doing a good job of that on the floor so far.

"Point guard is much more difficult than any other position. You have to absorb and understand what the coach wants done and get the other players involved. Sometimes [Jonathan Hargett] plays with all new kids, sometimes with players from last year's team, and he's done a great job adjusting to that."

MUSKET BLASTS:

Catlett on the late season losses suffered by his squad over the past few seasons: "We have a chance to be better at the end of the year with our talent and our depth."

On the Big East race: "I haven't had a chance to learn a lot about the other Big East teams. The conference should be very interesting. I see as many as ten teams that could get into the process for NCAA selection."

On the lineup: "I'm pretty sure Chris Moss will be at true four. He's one of the best fours in the league. We have to get some bigger people in there around him. We tried to get some more athletic people on the court and size down with Moss at the five, but that didn't work out. That was a dumb move on my part."

West Virginia received four points in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.


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