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Bob Huggins Fantasy Camp Returns

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MORGANTOWN -

Watch out if you are in Morgantown because nearly 100 all-american basketball players will invade the West Virginia University basketball facility. Strike that, they are all-americans in their own mind.

The Bob Huggins Fantasy Camp returns for another year. This camp gives the "average Joe" a chance to feel like a WVU basketball player for one weekend. Each camper gets a locker with their name on it. They also get WVU basketball gear to wear in their games.

Former WVU basketball players return to Morgantown to visit with the campers and share their stories. Some former players who have returned include NBA Hall-of-Famer Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley.

Cam Thoroughman and Da'Sean Butler from the 2010 Final Four team are expected to attend and serve as coaches in the camp. Other coaches include a couple of 1,000 point scorers in Darryl Prue and Damian Owens. Mike Gansey and Phil Collins will also coach teams in the camp. 

The campers typically have a great time and so do the current members of the WVU coaching staff.

"It will be about two to three day fantasy camp, but it will probably feel like it is about a month," Associate Head Coach Larry Harrison joked. "We are excited because we get a lot of the returning guys back and we get to tell a lot of stories with them. It will be a lot of fun."

"It's fun for me," Assistant Coach Erik Martin said.  "Honestly, it's just good to be around guys who are Mountaineer fans and so passionate about basketball."

Make no mistake, fun is the name of the game. But this camp also gets very competitive.

"I have never won that thing," Martin laughed. "Josh (Eilert) said I have the number one pick this year, so it is all or bust for me this year." 

Games are just part of the camp. By attending, these WVU basketball fans also get a great opportunity to pick the coaches' brains and try to learn a little bit more about the game.

"They want to know everything that goes on with us and with our players," Martin said. "It's a good chance to let them into our world and see what goes on."

The Bob Huggins Fantasy Camp also marks a point on the calendar when activities begin to ramp up towards the season for the players and coaches. The NCAA permits two hours of practice a week during the summer and those practices will begin this weekend.

"It is something I am looking forward to because when fantasy camp is over then we get into the meat and potatoes of the summer," Martin stated. "Which is working with our kids and getting them ready for school."

The Bob Huggins Fantasy Camp begins tonight and concludes Sunday evening.

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