West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins has repeatedly said that he’s very happy with the Mountaineers’ current roster and will only fill the final remaining player becomes available and shows interest in joining the team.
Earlier today, a talented transfer player showed interest in coming to West Virginia to play for Huggins. In a message posted on his social media accounts, Mario McKinney, Jr., a transfer guard from Missouri, included the Mountaineers in his top ten potential destinations.
In addition to West Virginia University, McKinney had St. John’s College, Creighton, Wichita State, Rutgers, Louisville, Oregon and Seton Hall on his list.
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McKinney, a former four star player out of high school, is a 6’2 guard and is extraordinarily talented. However, he only averaged 2.6 points in 8 minutes per game for Missouri last season. In addition, he was suspended for “undisclosed reasons” in the middle of the season.
McKinney was unhappy with his playing time and took to social media to complain about his circumstances at Missouri: “Obviously they been wanted me gone from the get go. Ain’t tell me they had 5 other guards that was gone be there so ya’ll don’t know what’s really going on…it’s been real Mizzou, but all of this comes to an end. I appreciate everyone that helped me since I been here. Love ya’ll and wish nun but the best.”
His argument that he didn’t realize there was going to be other guards to compete against for playing time is not only ridiculous (since those players were already signed prior to him joining the team) but also shows his lack of competitive heart.
If McKinney struggled with his playing time at Missouri, how could he possibly fit in on a talent-laden, team first Mountaineers roster? While he is talented and would no doubt add depth to the West Virginia back court, he certainly doesn’t appear to be the “perfect fit” that Bob Huggins is searching for to fill the final remaining scholarship.