An array of new faces will grace the sidelines of the WVU Basketball games this coming season as the Mountaineer program has plenty new additions to its roster.
Coming off a frustrating 2012 campaign, players and coaches are more determined than ever to bring WVU Basketball back to the national spotlight where it belongs.
WVU Assistant Coach Erick Martin told us how excited he is for the four freshman joining West Virginia's team, but he specifically emphasizes the importance of finding a leader among these young men.
"Kevin Noreen is our only captain from last year, and one thing about Kevin is, you know he is always going to do right." Martin continued, "He is one leader, but the reality is, I would like a starter to step up with Kevin Noreen. In a perfect world, you want your point guard to lead. He is the one out on the floor putting people in places and telling them where to go."
And what about now-sophomores, Terry Henderson and Eron Harris?
"We are looking for them to have a great summer. The great thing about those two guys is they are going to compete against each other and make each other better. If Terry is playing well, he is going to play. If Eron is playing well, he is going to play. If they are both playing well, maybe we go small."
He went on to explain how great it is to have options, which is the sole existence for this recruiting class. He referred to WVU Associate Head Coach Larry Harrison when saying that the Mountaineers' goal is to be as versatile as they were the year they made a run in the Final Four.
Maybe the West Virginia coaching staff doesn't see the likes of a Da'Sean Butler yet, but hopefully one of these young players can end up a nice surprise.
"I have no idea who that is right now. We have one senior on this team. That is Aaric Murray. In a perfect world you would want him to lead, but he has some things he needs to concentrate on, and as long as he does that, then I think everything will work out." Martin took a breath before ending, "You just need a leader to have a great team."
Coach Martin exuded a little pep-in-his-step when being asked about the Mountaineers having a little size this year down in the paint. He looked directly into the camera and asked, " Huggs, can we press this year?!?"
Martin is just looking forward to an opportunity to change the pace of the game. With length and depth, that is a very reachable goal with a team he says has as much size as the Mountaineers did their Final Four year.
The question is, do they have the talent? Martin is hoping after two years with this group of players, they will be in a place to bring a National Championship home to the Mountain State.
As our time with Coach Martin concluded, we asked one more question, in a round-a-bout way, "Tough season last year?" we said. "We're guessing maybe you are still trying to get over that?"
With one hundred percent assurance and a confident smile, he interrupted, " I'm over that. I try not to concentrate on things that don't help you progress in life. Yes, it was bad year, but I can only be concerned now with getting these players better, and hopefully we will be back to our winning ways."
I am pretty sure, all Mountaineer Fans, could not agree more.