West Virginia coach Bob Huggins’ program isn’t an NBA factory like a Kentucky or Duke.
Huggins knows the Mountaineers aren’t a destination school for the next crop of NBA talent, but he still wins with the players he lands.
During his Sweet 16 press conference on Thursday, Huggins was asked to share his thoughts on the Big East Conference’s recommendation to keep college basketball players in school for at least two years.
To Huggins, more time in college will always be beneficial to student-athletes.
“Well, I’ve always thought the more time that young people could spend on a college campus, the better prepared they’re going to be for life,” Huggins said. “Whether it’s one, two, three, or four, you’re going to be more prepared for life.
“We’ve got a bunch of college graduates in here, I would assume. You think back about the difference when you were 18 years old and coming out of high school and the difference when you were 21, 22 years old coming out of college, and that has a lot to do with a lot of things. I mean, you experience more things. Obviously, hopefully, you come out a whole lot more educated and prepared for whatever it is that you decide to do with your life.”
Huggins isn’t opposed to “one-and-done” players coming to Morgantown, W.Va. He just knows the reality of the situation, and West Virginia’s is one that doesn’t include frequent one-and-done prospects.
DerMarr Johnson is the last player Huggins coached that he remembers leaving after one season, and that was when Huggins was still Cincinnati’s head coach.
Huggins has still managed to be successful with West Virginia, who will face Villanova at 7:27 p.m. ET, Friday, for a spot in the Elite 8.
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