WVU hoops growing closer during summer practices

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Huggins: McCabe, Matthews keep group together

Bob Huggins says his newcomers are quickly becoming acclimated with summer practices underway, thanks to the guidance of his team’s leaders. 

The thing is — many of those leaders were freshmen last season. 

“They’re good,” said Huggins. “You really can’t tell the difference between the old guys and the new guys. Course, the old guys aren’t that old, except for [senior] Jermaine [Haley]. 

Huggins says a number of sophomores are working together to help newcomers get comfortable at WVU, adding that Jordan McCabe and Emmitt Matthews especially have stepped up. 

“Jordan and Emmitt, I think, have been great,” said Huggins. “I mean, those guys do a great job of trying to include everybody in virtually everything that they do. They embraced some of the things that we’ve always done. The children’s hospital thing; we’ve played paint ball, we’ve shot skeet, we’ve played softball, we’ve done all that. They embrace that, and I’m not sure that’s been the case the last few years.” 

Huggins says there’s already a chemistry in the locker room that reminds him of some of his best teams.

“They get along great. They hang together,” said Huggins. “It’s a lot like the really good teams we’ve had in the past.”

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