Bob Huggins Wants In-State Champion

Cover photo by Teran Malone

Morgantown, West Virginia – Austin Ball, a 6’7 forward from Man, West Virginia, led Man High School to the Class A State Championship and was voted the captain of the All-State team last season.

Now Ball, who recently reclassified to the 2023 class, has received a scholarship offer from Bob Huggins and West Virginia University.

Ball averaged 19.5 points per game last season for the Man Hillbillies as they rolled to their first ever state championship.

“He’s very versatile. If we get in trouble he can bring the ball up the floor for us anytime,” Man coach TJ Blevins said. “I have to list him as the center because I like the old way of having two guards, two forwards and a center but he can play the one through five positions. In college, he will be a two or a three.”

In addition to an offer from the Mountaineers, Ball has received offers from Marshall, Radford, Fairfield and Drexel, but he has recently transferred to the Miller School of Albemarle in Virginia and more offers from big-time schools are expected now that he will receive more exposure.

Ball is a long, athletic, skilled player who can score from the perimeter as well as get to the basket.  Although he will get considerable attention from several schools, West Virginia is his home state and he would look outstanding in the old gold and blue!