Not sure how you feel about this, but Aaric Murray’s 13-9-2 line against VMI was about what he expected because he said that’s about as good as he is right now. “On a scale from 1 to 10,” said the 6-foot-10 center, who transferred last year from La Salle, “I’m a 6.”
He has 10 potential, if you listen to his teammates and his coach, but he needs time to get there. That could happen, and pretty much has to, in these next four games — v. Mashall, home against 7-0 Virginia Tech, v. Duquesne at the Consol Energy Center and v. Michigan at the Barclays Center, all in 10 days. Games are great for conditioning and an increasingly effective Murray is great for wins.
Murray has been around long enough to understand what WVU Coach Bob Huggins wants to do on offense and how Huggins wants Murray to play on defense.
He just can’t do it yet. Murray broke his right hand last year and hardly practiced with the Mountaineers.
His abilities haven’t quite caught up with his potential.
That’s been further slowed by his conditioning. His inactivity last season was followed by back problems over the summer that prevented him from starting the preseason in shape.
“I need to work on my stamina so I can be consistent every play,” he said. “If coach needs me to be in there, I need to be able to stay in there and not need oxygen, not need a mask to breathe.”
In case you’re wondering, a 10 sounds pretty fun …