Morgantown, West Virginia – Bob Huggins has made it clear that he does not like the idea of building his team through the transfer portal. Huggins, the ultimate old school coach, hit the road and visited his old stomping grounds of Cincinnati, Ohio to pursue Tyler McKinley.
McKinley, a 6’9 sophomore forward, is the #1 rated player in the state of Ohio in the 2024 class. McKinley currently averages 20 points and 8 rebounds per game for Walnut Hills High School.
McKinley posted a picture of himself with the legendary head coach and caption that read, “Thank you Coach Bob Huggins for coming to our practice yesterday. It was great meeting you!”
Thank you @WVUhoops Coach Bob Huggins for coming to our practice yesterday. It was great meeting you #wvuhoops #HailWV #Pressvirginia pic.twitter.com/V2t8lnC8eb
— TXM35 (@txm35) February 17, 2022
McKinley is a prototypical Huggins’ forward: a big, strong, tough rebounder who can score from the perimeter as well as from the inside. Although it is early on in his recruiting process, Huggins is clearly making him a priority by visiting him in person in his hometown.
McKinley currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Miami (OH), Ohio, South Carolina and now West Virginia, but he’s also garnering attention from Georgetown, Ohio State, Louisville and St. John’s, among several other major programs.
Bob Huggins is an absolute legend in Ohio – particularly in the Cincinnati area – and he’s highly respected by coaches and players from the area. Huggins has landed several major talents from Ohio and don’t be surprised if Tyler McKinley is next.