WVU basketball: D’Angelo Hunter handles transfer with humility

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Teddy Allen
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Teddy Allen /

One of the least surprising acts of March Madness was the transfer of D’Angelo Hunter from the WVU basketball team.

In his first year with the WVU basketball team, Hunter played sparingly. He had a every right to transfer when the situation wasn’t exactly what he thought it would be in Morgantown.

Huggins, always wanting the best for his players, was right in granting Hunter his release. He brought Hunter in for depth in the first place, but it was almost like Hunter was depth for the depth. He was the last person off the bench, whenever he actually got in the game at all.

According to WVUsports.com, Hunter played in 17 games. Most recently, he saw some time against Kansas in the Big 12 Championship Game. Hunter never saw more than 15 minutes in a game. His highest scoring output was eight points against Morgan State.

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As the season went on and Hunter was not seen as an integral part of the team, his father supposedly took to Twitter and voiced his outrage with the WVU basketball program and Coach Huggins. Tweets were seen by many fans and pundits and it cast a poor light on Hunter, indirectly. Actually, most people had forgotten he was even on the team.

Even though he handled the process with humility and grace, Hunter still needed out. He will still have one more year of eligibility and could be picked up by another Division I team. Hunter was a true gentleman on social media, thanking Huggins and West Virginia for the support this past season.

Hunter has already jumped around for his basketball career and making another move won’t be that difficult for him. He grew up in Louisville and played high school ball there before playing for a military academy in Wisconsin. Hunter starred in the junior college level in Texas before coming to West Virginia.

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This has certainly been a unique case for the Mountaineers, Huggins and Hunter. It is impossible to please everyone and through tough love, Huggins does a good job of making everyone feel welcomed.