Miles McBride is a seasoned, experienced veteran in the body of a 19 year old young man. Although McBride was just a freshman point guard for the Mountaineers last season, he was also the most consistent, reliable, steady player for Bob Huggins.
And we’ve just seen the beginning from Deuce. Miles McBride is a winner. McBride, who led Archbishop Moeller High School to a state title during his senior season, was considered undersized and underrated as a player coming out of high school. He also suffered a serious foot injury as a junior and many college coaches backed off his recruitment. Luckily, Bob Huggins stayed on him. Huggins actually offered a scholarship to McBride while he was injured, which really helped him to earn trust from the talented guard.
Carl Kremer, McBride’s high school coach at Moeller saw early promise from Deuce, telling MetroNews that he played McBride on the varsity team as a freshman, which is the first time he had ever done that. According to Kremer, “Part of it what his ability but the biggest part of it was his maturity. I knew that he could handle it emotionally and I knew he would know how to mix in with the older guys, know his role and know how it works in the system like ours where people wait their turn. He gets what was going on. He is not a real loud leader. He is not the rah-rah guy. Through his actions and through his conversations he leads our team. Everyone in the school respects him as a person.”
Miles McBride is a Bob Huggins’ prototypical player. He was overlooked and has a chip on his shoulder, he appreciates what Huggins has done for him, and he’s willing to work to get better every day. When asked what he’s most looking for at WVU, McBride replied, “Definitely the Bob Huggins’ practices, for sure. I heard the treadmill is a great place to be. Coach Huggins is a Hall of Fame coach, he knows his stuff and I just can’t wait to listen and learn from him.”
Miles McBride had a tremendous freshman season, but the sky is truly the limit for Deuce. McBride, who averaged 9.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, is the most talented returning guard in the Big 12 conference next season. With Kansas’ Devon Dotson declaring for the NBA Draft and likely to leave the Jayhawks, McBride will go from freshman backup point guard last year to the undisputed starter and top guard on one of the best teams in the Big 12 Conference next season.