WVU Volleyball's Blog

Goodbye 2011 Final Four

Posted on: April 14, 2010

Devin Ebanks reacts to a play during a BIG EAST game versus Syracuse

Well it is official. The West Virginia University Men’s Basketball team is going to have a tougher time making it back to next year’s Final Four. With the graduation of Da’Sean Butler and Wellington Smith and the early exit by Devin Ebanks to the NBA draft, there are big shoes that the team has to replace. Huggins is only bringing in two recruits next year and neither of them are looking like they are ready to step up to the plate. It is all going to depend on the current players and what type of improvement they can produce in the offseason.

Incoming Mountaineer David Nyarsuk in the white played for Mountain State Academy

One thing that the new recruit David Nyarsuk will give WVU is much needed height. During the Final Four game versus Duke, the Mountaineers struggled with their usually consistent rebounding because of one person, Brian Zoubek. At 7’1, the Duke center was just a little too tall for the Mountaineers and created a main difference in the game. Although Nyarsuk is coming from Mountain State Academy where former Mountaineer Joe Alexander and current Mountaineer Deniz Kilicli attended, there seems to be alot of hype that this incoming freshman has to live up to. Wellington Smith was a very under rated player this year but he was crucial for rebounding and defense. Kilicli, Nyarsuk or Freshman Danny Jennings will have to step up in the off season and prove that they are willing to fill Smith’s spot.

Sophomore Kevin Jones

One thing that the Mountaineers will be lacking next season is offense. With the graduation of Butler and the early exit by Ebanks, that leaves the Mountaineers with only two returning starters. Sophomore Kevin Jones will have alot on his shoulders next year because he will be looked upon to lead the team offensively just like Butler and Ebanks did. Jones finished second on the team in scoring this year but he will have to improve greatly in the off season if he wants to make a stronger impact in the BIG EAST and to NBA scouts.

Redshit Junior Joe Mazzulla

One thing that the Mountaineers will not be lacking next year is leadership at the point guard position. Sophomore Truck Bryant will be recovered from foot surgery and Redshirt Junior Joe Mazzulla will be more recovered from his 2009 shoulder surgery. Their guidance in pushing the ball up the floor will be crucial for the Mountaineers. Bryant will have to help contribute more on the offensive end to take pressure off of Jones, but Mazzulla tough defense will be needed on the floor as well.

If the Mountaineers want to do the John Flowers next year all the way to a National Championship, they are going to have to do alot of rebuilding this off season.


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