As we previously reported, former West Virginia Mountaineer forward John Flowers asked Bob Huggins to be the coach of Best Virginia in the upcoming The Basketball Tournament (TBT) on Huggins’ talk show back in March.  Huggins initially agreed to coach the team, saying, “”I would love to.  I’d love to.  I’d want to do it for a lot of reasons, but mostly because I’d like to win you guys $2 million dollars.”

However, according to the a representative for Best Virginia, Huggins will not be on the bench when the tournament starts on July 4th.

“We just decided it isn’t the best time for someone like Huggins to be at-risk during a pandemic.  Jarrod West and Dave Tallman are more than qualified to keep us going into Year 2.  We are not going to be the ones that get Huggs sick!”

Best Virginia competed in The Basketball Tournament for the first time last season and was coached by former Mountaineer point guard Jarrod West.  Best Virginia won in the opening round before being narrowly beaten (80-68) by four-time champion “Overseas Elite”, who had won 27 consecutive games at the time.

The Basketball Tournament, which revealed yesterday that it will play from July 4th through July 14th in Columbus Ohio, features several outstanding teams from around the world.  Best Virginia’s roster is stacked with former Mountaineers, including Kevin Jones, Da’Sean Butler, John Flowers, Nathan Adrian, Jonathan Holton, Daxter Miles, Jr., Jaysean Paige, Tarik Phillip, Juwan Staten and Logan Routt.

TBT, which is a single-elimination, winner-take-all tournament, will have all of its games televised live on ESPN and is a great opportunity to see former Mountaineers competing for our great state and a $2 million grand prize.