Anyone who has any ties to West Virginia or a WVU athletics team probably has mixed emotions about the state of Ohio.
For some reason, West Virginians have seemed to form a bit of a rivalry with the border state. In turn, Ohioans also have differing feelings to the Mountain State. One man who can bridge the gap between these great states is WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins.
Huggins has strong loyalty to both Morgantown and the small town he grew up in on the southeastern part of Ohio. His father, Charlie, is a legendary high school basketball coach and his camp still attracts thousands of kids to a rural part of Ohio in the town of Sherrodsville.
Huggins obviously made a name for himself as the head coach of Cincinnati for more than a decade. He came into his own with the Bearcats and is still fondly remembered in Cincinnati. Currently, the WVU basketball team has Lamont West on the squad. He grew up in Cincinnati. Just a couple of years ago, another strong big man, Devin Williams, came to Morgantown from Cincinnati.
Now, Huggins is going after another recruit from Cincinnati. Miles McBride might just be the next Mountaineer from the Buckeye State. He is a two-sport standout at legendary Archbishop Moeller High School. McBride was a quarterback on the football team and is now developing into an elite shooting guard at the prep level.
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According to Blue Gold News, McBride is building ties at WVU and could be in Morgantown once he graduates in 2019. The junior is still developing but he is catching the eyes of several Division I programs. Maxpreps rates McBride as the sixth-best basketball prospect in Ohio.
He stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 180 pounds and he still has room to grow. McBride is fast and has quick moves. He isn’t afraid to take it to the hoop, mainly because his leaping ability is tremendous. McBride can dunk with authority and be one of the team’s top rebounders.
The Archbishop Moeller basketball team is 12-2 on the year and is probably one of the best teams in Ohio. In a couple of years, McBride may be playing for one of the best teams in the country — the WVU basketball team.
Huggins will do his thing and go after this emerging star. The Ohio ties already established in Huggins’ program will be a good selling point right off the bat.