Huggins Q&A: Getting back to ‘Press Virginia’ is crucial for turnaround

Inside the West Virginia basketball practice facility, coaches are working the phones and graduate assistants are breaking down last season’s film.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do now,” West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins said. “It’s time to get back at it.”
Time to get the Mountaineers back to playing tough, to playing defense, to playing winning basketball.
Those 21 losses last season were the most in school history, and the final one — an 18-point beating at the hands of Coastal Carolina in the second round of the CBI — remains fresh for the embarrassing way it finally snuffed out the season’s flames.
In the aftermath, junior center Sagaba Konate declared for the NBA draft and Huggins pronounced him all but gone.
Konate’s departure leaves the Mountaineers with three open scholarships for a recruiting class that already has four signees: five-star forward Oscar Tshiebwe and guards Miles McBride, Sean McNeil and Taz Sherman.
Huggins’  plan to get the Mountaineers back in NCAA contention involves developing a nucleus of returnees with a six- or perhaps seven-member recruiting class.
During this week’s interview with The Dominion Post, Huggins discussed his intentions for turning around the program.

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