ESPN’s college basketball blog blurbs your West Virginia Mountaineers and focuses on what and who you’ve focused on since the Gonzaga game: Transfers. This reinforces, as opposed to confirms, what we’ve already suspected. Juwan Staten and Aaric Murray will make WVU better with their additions.
Staten seems to be a very capable point guard who wants to handle his point guard duties. Practice reports said he got inside with ease and frequency and typically made the best decision with the ball in his hands and his feet in the paint. Murray is a legit big man — post presence with offense, defense and rebounds — though he has a thing for shooting.
I know some people who’ve played pickup games with him and they say he’s a very good shooter from the free-throw line extended and even the 3-point line. That’s something we haven’t heard too much about as we anticipate their arrivals and it’s especially interesting because Deniz Kilicli isn’t going to leave the paint. Bad things happened last year when he did. And WVU’s offense struggled because defenses packed it in to guard Kevin Jones and Deniz and dare WVU to win — Read: lose — with jump shots and outside-in offense.
If Murray can extend, Kilicli can flourish inside, though Murray figures to flourish inside as well.
The best part for you as a fan and me as a word manipulator? How about this: “At the very worst, this team should be more entertaining — or, you know, less difficult to watch.” That ain’t bad.