WVU Basketball: The Name Game Begins

In an attempt to build the foundation for his new program, WVU basketball coach John Beilein and his staff appear to be leaving no stone unturned this summer. The WVU staff has been one of the more visible fixtures on the summer camp and AAU circuit, and it appears WVU will sign a four to five member class.

Among the multitude of most frequently mentioned names being associated with WVU are:

Sean Banks (offered) – 6-7 200, Oradell, NJ: This highly-regarded, top-25 rated swingman is probably the most sought after Mountaineer target. Banks is versatile and could play several positions. Banks averaged 17 points and 7 rebounds per game last season in leading Bergen Catholic to the New Jersey Parochial A state championship. It remains to be seen if WVU's offer of immediate playing time will be enough to entice Banks to sign. Banks has stated he will make an official visit to Morgantown.

Morris Almond (offered) – 6-6 205, Powder Springs, GA: Almond personifies what the new Mountaineer staff is looking for ... versatility. WVU is heavily involved with this athletic, slashing swingman with a decent perimeter shot. Almond has demonstrated this summer he always comes to play at a high level and WVU would love to sign him during the fall signing period. Almond carries a 3.4 GPA and a qualifying SAT score. Led his team with 24 points and 14 rebounds per game as a junior.

Dante Milligan (offered) – 6-8 200, Pawling, NY: One of the better combo-frontcourt players in the Class of 2003. Milligan hails from upstate New York where Coach Beilein started his coaching career. Milligan has the strength and size to play inside, and ball handling skills and shot to play on the wing. Averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds per game as a junior.

Anthony "PJ" Tucker (offered) – 6-6 240, Raleigh, NC: An intense, strong inside player who uses his bulk to overpower most opponents. The Mountaineer staff has been recruiting Tucker since their days at Richmond. Tucker averaged 25 points and 17 rebounds per game during his junior season.

Gaston Molida – 6-6 240, Norfolk, VA: Another rugged, inside strongman who always comes to play. Molida is a strong finisher who is most effective around the basket. A native of Cameroon, Molida averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game for Ryan Academy. Molida has a 3.6 GPA and should have no problems qualifying.

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Omari Israel (offered) – 6-8 210, Wheaton, MD: Solid, well built combo forward from Maryland powerhouse program Good Counsel High School. Has size and strength to play big forward but handles well enough to face-up and drive to basket. Israel averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds per game as a junior.

Florentino Valencia – 6-6 210, Chicago, IL: Athletic, warrior from the Windy City. Probably needs to improve his ball handling skills to make the transition to the shooting guard position. Good combination of overall skills. Will be one of the best players in Chicago this year. of 2003.

Tre Kelley, Vern Hamilton, Brad Byerson, Wayne Marshall, Eddie Green, Dana Burns, Sheray Thomas and many others are just a few of the prospects WVU is involved with that have already been detailed in previous articles here at BlueGoldNews.com.

Coming next: more names to watch on the recruiting front.

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