Youth and inexperience is often a reality in the world of college sports, especially college basketball.
Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers have largely avoided featuring such an unseasoned roster over the years, and as a result, West Virginia has remained as one of the nation’s premier programs.
Although the top-echelon label remains, the comfort of experience isn’t exactly the strength of the 2017-18 Mountaineers. Aside from senior guards Jevon Carter and Dax Miles, West Virginia’s roster is comprised of freshmen, sophomores and a JUCO transfer junior. What worries Huggins about that combination is not only its inexperience, but its immaturity, as he noted following West Virginia’s Thursday night win over NJIT.
“I worry about our immaturity all the time,” head coach Bob Huggins said. “It’s seemingly so much easier to come back from failure than it is success. We’ve got to learn how to do that.”
Immaturity considered, West Virginia has certainly learned to bounce back from its failures early on.
The Mountaineers opened the season ranked No. 10, but proceeded to get trounced by Texas A&M for a 23-point loss. West Virginia has since ripped off seven straight victories, but despite the general on-court success, Huggins still finds himself adjusting minutes on the part of immaturity.
“You take them out because they are very rarely ever where they’re supposed to be, and then they go and pout,” he said. “We need some guys to grow up. Forget the basketball. They need to grow up a little bit. We pout like we’re eighth graders.”
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