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Matt Humphrey Brings Unique Experiences To WVU Program


The West Virginia University men's basketball team will have plenty of new faces on the roster. There are some new young faces in freshmen Eron Harris and Terry Henderson. There are also some new faces in older players like transfers Aaric Murray, Juwan State and Matt Humphrey.

Humphrey arrived at WVU via a unique road. He began his college career at Oregon. After two years at Oregon, he transferred to Boston College. Upon graduating from Boston College, he transferred to WVU for his final year of eligibility.

"I'm really excited," Humphrey said with a smile. "I'm finally with a really, really good program that preaches trying to win basketball games and get to the next level. I'm really happy about that. I like my team. Huggs and his staff is really good people and I am happy to be here."

Humphrey nearly came to WVU instead of Boston College.

"Coach (Larry) Harrison reached out a while ago," Humphrey said. "He actually reached out the first time I transferred and didn't get it done then. But Coach Harrison was right on it and let me know there was an opportunity for me to play here and he sold me. The school has an excellent program academically. It's a great opportunity for me to come out here, showcase my skills and help this team get a few more wins."

Humphrey's experiences include taking on tough teams in the Pac-10 and especially difficult opponents in the ACC like Duke and North Carolina.

"Coming from the Pac-10 and the ACC, you play a lot of schools," Humphrey stated. "Being out there and playing in those tough games and winning some of those games was great. There are a lot of young guys that are going to play and I am definitely looking to help those young guys with my experiences."

Experience is one thing, but talent is perhaps even more important. Humphrey certainly brings some of that to the table.

"I like to play really, really hard," Humphrey stated. "I like to get after it on defense and I definitely like to get up and down the floor. I am going to play unselfish and play with my teammates and when an opportunity is there I am going to take advantage of that."

Humphrey has one year of eligibility remaining. He hopes to take his game to a new level in that one year, thanks in large part to Head Coach Bob Huggins.

"Playing with Huggs is tough," Humphrey said. "He is going to be tough. But I appreciate tough coaching. I am used to it. I haven't had that type of coach for a while, probably since my AAU team."

The other ingredient Humphrey hopes to use to his advantage is the new WVU basketball practice facility. Its 24-7 access combined with top-notch equipment gives players like Humphrey everything they need to work on their game.

"It gives you no excuses," Humphrey stated. "You can get in the gym and work on your game and perfect it and work on your craft. Having that facility is state-of-the-art. Some NBA guys don't have access to that type of stuff. We are fortunate enough to have that. I am going to take full advantage of it."

Humphrey and the rest of the Mountaineers are working hard this offseason on playing a different style of basketball. The up-tempo style should be on display by WVU this year.

"I'm excited," Humphrey said with a smile. "Getting up and down the floor is my kind of game. Getting after it on defense and playing with those type of basketball players elevates your game."

Elevating his game is why Humphrey transferred to WVU. He will spend the rest of the offseason getting used to his new teammates and preparing to sport the old gold and blue later this year.

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