West Virginia is So Close to Being a Legit National Championship Contender

Morgantown, West Virginia – Bob Huggins continues to prove that the game has not passed him by. In fact, Huggins is succeeding masterfully in today’s game and under the new rules of college athletics.

Bringing in one of the top transfer classes last year and in the process of doing the same again this year, Huggins has shown his ability (and willingness) to change and adapt.

West Virginia is now in position to make tremendous strides next season. If the core talent (Tre Mitchell, Joe Toussaint, James Okonkwo, Mohamed Wague, etc.) returns, combined with the transfers (Jose Perez, Omar Silverio, Kerr Kriisa) coming in and a few other pieces added, the Mountaineers could legitimately be one of the most talented teams not only in the Big 12 but also the nation next season.

Make no mistake about it, West Virginia needs a few more pieces and Bob Huggins and his staff are far from done. The Mountaineers still need a scoring big like John Hugley and a talented wing like Keshon Gilbert out of the portal to complete the team.

Hugley, a 6’9 junior from Pitt, averaged 14.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game two seasons ago when he wasn’t hurt and will visit Morgantown later this month. Kriisa and Hugley recently followed each other on Instagram and although that doesn’t guarantee that he will commit, it’s certainly a very good sign.

Gilbert, a 6’4 guard, averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game at UNLV last season and is one of the top defensive guards in the nation.

Hugley and Gilbert are ideal pieces for the Mountaineers to add, but there are several other players in the transfer portal that Huggins and his staff will chase and they have been ultra-successful in getting the players they want.

If/when Huggins gets the final remaining pieces to round out his team, West Virginia could potentially be favorites to win the Big 12 Championship and compete for the national championship next March.

  • Talented roster
  • Legendary head coach
  • Incredible fan base
  • National Championship?