State of the Program

West Virginia head basketball coach John Beilein says that evaluations of every member of the basketball team are still underway, and that no final decisions have been made about next year's roster.

Speaking on the MetroNews Statewide Sportsline, Beilein noted that many of the players from last year's team are taking summer school classes and working out in the WVU strength program.

"We had seven players in the first session of summer school, and some of those are remaining for the second session," Beilein said of players vying to remain on next year's roster. "We're still getting to know each other, and we learning about each other. We need to find out if the players are willing to do what we want, and if it's in their best interest for them to remain in the program."

While Beilein wouldn't set any dates as to the finality of his roster or single out any players, he did indicate that he hoped to have some announcement in the next few weeks. Of course, Beilein's first hope is that all of the remaining players commit to the requirements set out by him and his staff.

WVU's one casualty from last season is center Ales Chan, who was dismissed "by the University". Beilein could offer no further comment on the reasons for Chan's departure, which reportedly was academic in nature.

Other "Beileins":

Point guard Tim Lyles missed a good deal of rehabilitation time, but is now working steadily to gain strength in his surgically repaired knee. Beiline noted that Lyles was very quick and "had an idea" of what to do as a point guard.

Beilein was quick to dispel the notion that he prefers a "Princeton" type slowdown game.

"We scored 79 points against West Virginia, so that really doesn't fit," Beilein said of the perception that he prefers to keep the score down. "We really like to run the ball. We like to rebound and run, and we like to get turnovers and run. Some of our offense might look like Princeton's with the cutting and screening, but we want to take the first available good shot. We look sort of like the New Jersey Nets right now."

Beilein noted that incoming freshman Kevin Pittsnogle might be forced into duty this year simply due to a lack of bodies.

"We'd like to redshirt him, but we may not be able to."

Beilein hired Glenville native Bill Lilly, who spent the last 15 years as an assistant coach at Radford, as the Director of Men's Basketball Operations on Tuesday.

Lilly's duties will include administrative responsibilities and video operations for the men's basketball program.

"We are very fortunate to have someone of Bill's character, experience and West Virginia roots on our staff," said Beilein in a WVU press release. "He will be a very important part of the rebuilding process of our basketball program."


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