The WVU basketball program is staying active this offseason by looking forward to the future.
Ace recruiter and head coach Bob Huggins and his staff have been hitting the recruiting trail trying to stock up on talent for the future.
The Mountaineers do not lose a whole lot from last year’s team which was runner up in the Big 12 Conference Tournament. However, their top two scorers have departed.
Last week, Huggins and the Mountaineers sent scholarship offers to high school players RaiQuan Gray and Mailk William.
"Bless to receive a offer from west Virginia"
Both players hail from the state of Florida, not exactly a big recruiting ground for the Mountaineers and Coach Huggins. Really, the last elite talent from Florida to play for the WVU basketball team was Alex Ruoff.
Ruff was one of the best pure shooters in recent memory and he is still continuing his basketball career by playing overseas in Europe.
As for William and Gray, they both offer unique skill sets on the court. Both are big men built in a similar fashion to Devin Williams, who will certainly be playing basketball at the professional level very soon.
Malik William hails from Fort Lauderdale and checks in at 6-foot-8, 200 pounds. He also holds offers from UCONN and Clemson. He is rated by 247sports as the No. 23 power forward in the country.
William has a great wingspan and rebounding seems to be his speciality. That’s probably why Huggins has already got an eye on him because of how much the veteran head coach values that statistic.
The Mountaineers are building a reputation for dominating the boards and Huggins certainly does not want to halt that notion anytime soon.
Gray, standing at 6-foot-8 and weighing 235 pounds doesn’t have the athletic prowess of William, but his inside presence is certainly felt.
The Fort Lauderdale native is a three-star player, according to Rivals. He also holds offers from programs such as Cincinnati, Baylor, Auburn, Florida, Kansas State and Virginia Tech.
Both players would certainly fit into the schemes and mentality of the WVU basketball program. If William and Gray want to reach their full potential, becoming a Mountaineer and playing for Coach Huggins is the way to go.