One of the best things about summer time in a college town is that many former Mountaineer Athletes make their way back to West Virginia to visit their old stomping grounds.
Whether it's alumni functions, graduation events or athletic camps, some of WVU's most favorite past athletes come to Morgantown to show their alliance to the Gold and Blue.
At the recent 2013 Bob Huggins Fantasy Camp, we caught up with Mountaineer fan favorite, former WVU Basketball star, Cam Thoroughman.
"Summer Camps provide an easy way to get back in town and see a lot of folks, " Thoroughman explained. "My years here were the best times of my life., so I didn't hesitate for a moment when being asked to come back."
After getting his master's degree in his fifth year at WVU, Thoroughman now works for an oil company, Marathon Petroleum, in Illinois.
You could hear in his voice how much it meant to him to be back among his WVU Basketball Family, kind of like a reunion of sorts, and as he reflected over the years that he wore the Mountaineer Uniform, he also provided words of encouragement for the players currently on the West Virginia roster.
"It was frustrating last season. We had a lot of good years leading up to that and then last year's wasn't the greatest year. It was frustrating for me, but I know it was very frustrating for the coaches and the guys that were playing. That year is done though, and hopefully we will have a better year this year."
West Virginia Coach Erik Martin echoed Thoroughman's positive outlook about Mountaineer Basketball's future.
"I am really excited. We have four freshmen and one thing about freshmen is freshman year is usually their most coachable year. They are looking to learn the most. They are coming from high school to college and have a lot of new things to learn."
For the most part, we know that Coach Martin means learning about basketball, but in the midst of that, these new players will learn, just like Thoroughman did, to be a Mountaineer, and not just for four years, but for a lifetime to come.
Mountaineer Fans should be on alert for former WVU Athletes, young and old, all around Morgantown during the summer months because it seems, once you pass through West Virginia University, you always keep coming back.