Morgantown, West Virginia – The Mountaineers are absolutely loaded this season with incredible size, skill and depth at all positions. According to Bob Huggins, one of the biggest challenges his team would face this season would be how to get all of his players playing time.
West Virginia has ten players on its roster right now that will one day play basketball professionally – either in the NBA or overseas. Here are the players on the Mountaineers’ roster that will be paid to play professionally one day:
1.) Miles McBride – Huggins has said on multiple occasions that NBA executives he speaks to are most interested McBride. He’s a great on-floor leader, he’s a winner, has great size, can shoot and get to the basket, and is becoming a better and better point guard. Prediction: NBA 1st or 2nd Round Draft Pick
2.) Oscar Tshiebwe – Tshiebwe has struggled through the first seven games of the season, but he’s still averaging 8.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. His perimeter shot has regressed this season and he looks lost at times, but he’s also an exceptionally talented athlete that has an NBA body and huge upside. Prediction: NBA 1st or 2nd Round Draft Pick
3.) Derek Culver – Culver is more controlled this season on the offensive end and is a double-double machine. He has great size and continues to show improvement on both ends of the floor. Prediction: NBA 2nd Round Draft Pick or Undrafted Free Agent/G League
4. Taz Sherman – Taz has good size at 6’4, can shoot (50% from three point range and 88% from the foul line), can get to the basket and create his own shot, plays great defense, and it’s really surprising that he hasn’t gotten more attention from the NBA. Prediction: NBA G League or Overseas Contract
5.) Emmitt Matthews, Jr. – Matthews has takeover ability but must improve his perimeter shooting. With that said, his size and athleticism will get him an overseas contract at the very least. Prediction: Overseas
6.) Gabe Osabuohien – Osabuohien is undersized for his position, so the NBA is very unlikely. However, he has improved every part of his game since coming to West Virginia and will have a tremendous career playing overseas. Prediction: Overseas
7.) Isaiah Cottrell – At 6’10 240, Cottrell already has an NBA body. He also is very skilled, can rebound, can shoot from three point range and a developed post game. Four years under Huggins and staff will have him ready for the NBA one day. Prediction: NBA Undrafted Free Agent/G League
8.) Sean McNeil – McNeil has European star written all over him. He handles the ball well, plays sneaky good defense and can shoot the lights out. Don’t be surprised to see him have the longest professional career of anyone on the roster. Prediction: Overseas
9.) Jalen Bridges – Bridges is very skilled and continues to grow. Like Cottrell, four years under Huggins will prepare him for professional play. Right now, he’s likely a G League/Overseas talent, but he could develop into an NBA Draft pick with continued improvement and growth. Prediction: NBA Undrafted Free Agent/G League
10.) Jordan McCabe/Seny Ndiaye/Taj Thweatt/Kedrian Johnson – At least one of these four players will have an opportunity to play overseas. McCabe is a solid floor leader who would likely do very well overseas, Ndiaye is a huge shot-blocker with a big upside, and Thweatt and Johnson are both physically gifted athletes who could develop into a professional player.
With all of this talent on his team, Bob Huggins can walk into any arena in the nation unafraid because he has one of his best overall rosters in his long and illustrious career.