Several new additions to the WVU men’s basketball roster have major potential, but head coach Bob Huggins said this week that it may take some time before fans see a few of these players on the floor.
During his preseason press conference Tuesday, Huggins noted that Fairmont Senior product Jalen Bridges will redshirt this season. Bridges enrolled at WVU and was added to Huggins’ roster in early September, but the head coach said that the plan has been for him to redshirt.
“He wanted to redshirt,” Huggins said. “That was the plan that they had mapped out, and I was fine with it. I think that’s a great idea for him.”
A 6-7 forward, Bridges is the reigning Bill Evans Award winner, given to the top high school basketball player in West Virginia. Huggins said Bridges confidence and comfort level have each increased over the last month.
“I think he’s going to be a really good player,” Huggins said.
The status of Arkansas transfer Gabe Osabuohien hasn’t been determined yet either, according to Huggins. The forward from Toronto, Ontario, still has two years of eligibility remaining, but Huggins indicated that it’s possible he could also redshirt.
“He’s got two years of SEC experience and playing in big games, so that gives him an advantage over the freshman,” Huggins said.
WVU men’s basketball also announced this week that the annual Gold-Blue Debut is scheduled for Oct. 11.