Huggins Announces 2008 Recruiting Class

All three of West Virginia's current basketball commitments for the class of 2008 have signed on the dotted line.

West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced the signings of Darryl "Truck" Bryant, Roscoe Davis and Kevin Jones to national letters of intent for the 2008-09 academic year.

A 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., Bryant is currently in his senior year at St. Raymond's High in the Bronx, N.Y. Bryant averaged more than 15 points a game the last two seasons. In the final 10 games of his junior season, Bryant averaged 20 points and helped St. Raymond's to the CHSAA City Championship game. The Ravens lost to Christ the King in the championship game, 57-54, but Bryant scored a team-high 21 points.

"Truck gives us somebody who can play right away because of his physical strength and experience against high level competition," says Huggins. "By losing Darris (Nichols), we need somebody who is physically capable of playing minutes immediately."

Bryant posted one of his best performances against Holy Cross. With St. Raymond's trailing by 19 points in the second half of the playoff semifinal, Bryant finished with 24 points and hit two free throws with eight seconds left in the game to give St. Raymond's the 79-78 win.

This past summer, Bryant played AAU basketball for the New York Gauchos, where he helped lead them to 17-and-under titles at the Pittsburgh Jamfest, the Arizona Cactus Classic, the Nike Peach Jam and the Nike Main Event. He was selected to participate in the NBA Top 100 Camp last summer in Richmond, Va.

As a sophomore, Bryant helped St. Raymond's capture the Gatorade Invitational tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was named MVP in the championship game, leading St. Raymond's in scoring with 19 points and five rebounds. In the Big Apple High School Challenge, he was also named MVP, pacing the team with 15 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.

A native of Upper Marlboro, Md., Davis is in his senior year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. Hargrave currently is 5-0 on the season. Against Steven Prep, Davis posted 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 111-73 victory.

"I think Roscoe's upside is tremendous," says Huggins. "He's a 6-10 guy who is agile, skilled and can run the floor. We'll work with Roscoe to get the kind of strength he needs to excel in the BIG EAST."

As a junior, the 6-foot-10, 225-pound center attended Henry A. Wise High in Upper Marlboro, Md. While there, he averaged 18.4 points, 13.2 rebounds, 6.7 blocks and 3.3 steals. Davis led Wise to a 13-9 record, including a victory over eventual state 4A semifinalist Roosevelt. His career-best game was a 34-point performance against Crossland High. Davis was named to the 2007 Star/Gazette all-county basketball first team. Davis has played AAU basketball for the DC Assault.

Jones, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward from Mount Vernon, N.Y., is in his senior year at Mount Vernon High. As a junior, Jones averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks per game. He has helped lead Mount Vernon to back-to-back New York State PHSAA championships.

"Kevin exemplifies what the all-around basketball player ought to be," says Huggins. "He scores inside and out, he rebounds and he defends the perimeter and the post. We think Kevin has tremendous upside as well."

As a junior, he scored 610 points, grabbed 330 rebounds and blocked 61 shots. He was named MVP of the Bojangles High School Shoot-out in North Carolina (57 points, 41 rebounds, 7 blocks in three games), named Most Outstanding Player of the Riverbank State Park Christmas tournament (47 points and 24 rebounds in two games) and named MVP of the Prime Time Tour in New Jersey (26 points and 14 rebounds in one game).

Jones has received numerous accolades: New York State PHSAA all-tournament team, Tri-County 1-AA first team all-conference, all-NY Hoops first team and NY Hoops all-suburban first team. He was selected to participate in the NBA Top 100 Camp last summer in Richmond, Va. Jones plays AAU basketball for the Westchester Hawks. In one game this past summer, Jones had 43 points and 19 rebounds against the Juice All-Stars.

"We think we filled all of our needs," says Huggins. "We have a point guard who can play immediately because we lose Darris to graduation. It's very obvious we need more size. Roscoe not only gives us size but agility to run the floor and that fits our style of play. Kevin gives us a player who is capable of playing multiple positions. Because of Kevin's physical abilities, he can be outstanding on both ends of the floor.

"This class goes a long way towards filling many of our needs."


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