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Impressions On WVU Players At Summer League


Nine West Virginia University men's basketball players are scheduled to compete in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro-Am Summer League. The league runs from June 18 – July 18 and tipped off Monday night.

There are seven teams in the league with six of them slated to play every Monday and Wednesday night for the next month.

Four Mountaineers took the floor in three different games on opening night.

The first game featured walk-on Aaric Dickerson and Pat Forsythe. Forsythe is coming off an ankle injury that cut his freshman season short. He was granted a medical hardship waiver and will still have four years of eligibility for the Mountaineers.

Forsythe looked a little out of shape, which should be expected coming off months of rehab. He also appeared to be favoring his right leg a little.

"There are some points when I jump on it that it gets sore," said Forsythe. "Overall, my strength is getting better and there are not many problems anymore."

Favoring that leg did not stop him from making an impact on the stat sheet. Forsythe managed to score eight points and grabbed six rebounds in his game. He showed the ability to hit a couple of jumpers in the neighborhood of 10-12 feet away from the basket. Forsythe also went up strong with the ball to power in some baskets in the low post.

"Mostly I am trying to run up and down the floor because that is the style of play we are going to have this year," said Forsythe. "I am trying to run, rebound and block shots. The scoring will come with the rebounds."

Sophomore Forward Keaton Miles was the only Mountaineer playing in the second game of the night. Dominique Rutledge is listed on the same team as Miles, but was absent from Monday night's games.

Miles was clearly working on his jump shot. He put up numerous jumpers that rimmed out and would not fall. Miles did not take many shots last year. He took 58 shots in 32 games. Miles wants to be more of an offensive impact this season.

Miles had a mixed stat line scoring five points, grabbing 11 rebounds and also recording five turnovers.

"I really couldn't buy a shot today," Miles joked. "But I have been working on it and it is something I want to add to my game and contribute more on the scoring end as well as defense and rebounding."

Miles is also taking the opportunity in the summer league to work on another aspect of his game. On numerous occasions, he gathered in a rebound and immediately pushed it up the floor.

"He (WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins) wants us to run and get the rebound and who ever gets it is talented enough to dribble," We want to push it and that is something we are working on in open gym or in the practice facility or here."

The last game of the night featured Sophomore Guard Jabarie Hinds. Hinds displayed a slightly thicker upper body and said he has put on 15 pounds since he arrived at WVU last August.

Hinds' play echoed that of what Miles said in the sense that he was pushing the ball up the floor and trying to play the game at a fast pace. That appears to be one of Hinds' strengths. He showed glimpses of the ability to drive the lane and score at times in his freshman season.

Hinds appeared to be more confident on the floor Monday night and that confidence led to several successful drives to the hoop resulting in a basket. Hinds finished his game with 17 points.

"We are just trying to run and go up and down the floor and get used to that because that is what we are going to do this year," said Hinds.

Hinds is not only focused on trying to drive the lane to make things happen for his team. He is working hard this offseason on his jump shot. Hinds says he will spend about an hour and a half every day at the new practice facility putting up jump shots.

"I am working on my jump shot, hitting the three-ball and pulling up," Hinds stated.

Hinds needs to develop a consistent pull-up jumper to keep the defense guessing on a break whether he will drive the lane or choose to stop and take a jumper. Without that, defenders will be better prepared to set up and try to take a charge.

New Mountaineer Matt Humphrey, who just joined the roster after graduating from Boston College, is also on Hinds' team in the Summer League. However, he has not yet arrived in Morgantown and is not expected to play in his first game until July 27.

Freshman Terry Henderson is also on Hinds' Summer League team, but was also absent from Monday night's game.

As many as eight Mountaineers may play in Wednesday night's games. Pat Forsythe and Aaric Dickerson are scheduled to play against Keaton Miles and Dominique Rutledge's team at 7 p.m. That game will be followed by Jabarie Hinds and possibly Terry Henderson playing a team full of Pitt players. The 9 p.m. game will feature Aaron Brown and Freshman Eron Harris.

Look for a full schedule and rosters on the league's official website.

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