At the beginning of WVU men’s basketball summer practices, head coach Bob Huggins said he wanted his team to bond.
As the team gets ready to leave for Spain this weekend, Huggins thinks the players have clearly grown closer.
“This group is as close as we’ve had a group be for a while,” said Huggins.
The Mountaineers will play three games in 10 days in Spain next month as part of an NCAA approved foreign tour. Instead of focusing on building chemistry, Huggins now wants his players to make the most the of the game’s they’ll play.
“We got a lot of guys that haven’t played at this level. They’ve played — they haven’t played at this level, but they’re talented enough to play at this level,” said Huggins. “I think this will give them an idea of how hard you’ve got to play and how you can’t take plays off.”
Sophomore guard Jordan McCabe wishes he had a similar opportunity to practice and play games last summer before his freshman season. He thinks the freshmen and newcomers on the current WVU roster will benefit from playing in Spain.
But McCabe thinks those newcomers will benefit even more from the extra 10 summer practices, which might help players feel more comfortable when the regular season begins.
“The way we practice for Spain is the same as we’re gonna practice for Texas Tech, so for them to get 10 of these under their belt, it’s huge,” said McCabe.
WVU will hold its final summer practice Thursday before departing for Spain Saturday.