Who says that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? For Coach Bob Huggins, recruiting European players is somewhat of a new idea to the old ball coach (yes, Kilicli is from Turkey, and no I do not consider Turkey to be a European nation, no matter how hard they try to convince the world otherwise).
Both WVIllustrated and the Charleston Daily Mail are reporting that Huggins and the WVU staff are close to convincing Ukrainian forward Volodymyr Gerun to play for the Mountaineers this upcoming season.
The 6’9″ Gerun played exceptionally well in the U-18 Men’s European Championships this past summer, averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Gerun would fill the final roster spot for the Mountaineers after Pat Forsythe decided to take his talents to Akron. Presumably, Gerun would be given a redshirt this coming season as he would be third on the depth chart at PF behind Deniz Kilicli and Domonique Rutledge.
With both Kilicli and Rutledge set to graduate following the 2012-2013 season, there is a strong possibility that Gerun could slide into the starting line-up for the 2013-2014 season. Gerun has all the tools he needs to become an awesome player for the Mountaineers. If he decides to pursue his hook shot, let’s hope that his hook shot is more consistant than Kilicli’s wobbly hook.