The Mountaineer basketball team is off to a rugged 8-7 (0-3) start, its worst league start since starting 0-3 in 2002.
Head coach Bob Huggins has continued to voice his displeasure with his guard play and is done playing games. Last week, he started freshman walk-on Taevon Horton to motivate the others and reward Horton for being the only guy in the gym.
Due to the lack of productivity and consistency from the guards, Huggins said in his post game radio interview, “I just told Trey Doomes that I’m going to take the redshirt off of him. He’s the only guy that can straight-line drive it. He straight line drives us in practice every day.”
Today, he confirmed that he will indeed remove Doomes’ redshirt. “Yeah, he had a good practice yesterday. He probably won’t get in before the first two minutes or so. I’ll probably be pissed off by then.” he said jokingly. “He’s practiced well and he’s our best athlete by far and it’s not even close. He made a couple plays yesterday that I haven’t seen in quite a while. He’s athletic enough to do whatever he wants to do. He rebounds it, he straight-line drives it.” coach said.
The offense struggles to find any rhythm and a big reason for that is there is too much perimeter passing and the guards do not get the play going until it’s too deep into the shot clock.
Huggins is hoping that by inserting Doomes, it will allow for the guards to start penetrating and create more movement on the offensive end.