News broke yesterday that three of the players from the 2012-13 basketball team are set to transfer from West Virginia. The transfers of Aaron Brown, Jabarie Hinds, and Volodymyr Gerun were initially hard to digest.
How do you react to a mass departure like this? Is this a sign that the program is in a downward spiral or is it a sign that the Mountaineers were freeing up scholarships for future recruiting classes?
I personally like to think of it as the program cleaning house of players that were not committed to righting the program.
It was clear this season that there was an issue with team chemistry. It is not as if the Mountaineers squad was devoid of talent, there were plenty of quality players on the bench for coach Huggins. On a scouting basis, the 2012-13 Mountaineers squad had more than enough talent to earn a NCAA Tournament bid.
For whatever reason, this team could not find a way to correct the bad chemistry and turn the squad into a winner.
With the departure of Brown, Hinds, and Gerun, the Mountaineers have freed themselves of three players who obviously did not want to be in Morgantown. Brown and Hinds saw their roles diminish this season in favor of more playing time for freshmen Eron Harris and Terry Henderson while Gerun just did not seem to fit into the Mountaineers system this year at all.
If these three want to seek more playing time or better opportunities for themselves, than they cannot be faulted for that. They are doing what is best for themselves, but also doing something good for West Virginia. They are freeing up scholarships for talented players that will be dedicated to bringing the Mountaineers back to glory.
It may not look like a good thing on paper, but this is good news for the Mountaineers.