West Virginia’s men’s basketball team is heading to Spain next month to play against some of the top competition on the Iberian Peninsula.
Although it’s only weeks away, there may still be a couple players not officially part of the program that will be with the team when it heads across the Atlantic Ocean in less than a month.
Head coach Bob Huggins had three available scholarships after the regular signing period and has already used one of them on junior college big man Ethan Richardson, who signed with the program back in June. He has yet to arrive in Morgantown, but assuming he does get to campus in the near future, he will be with the team and traveling.
As for the other two spots, they’re still open. The Mountaineers hosted Phoenix Hillcrest Prep Academy shooting guard Devan Cambridge for an official visit in June, and his recruitment has blown up late. Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Western Kentucky are also in the picture with offers.
The 6-foot-5 wing says he will announce his college decision in a week, and could enroll at the school of his choice within a couple weeks of that choice. The Mountaineers are considered the favorites to land Cambridge.
Cambridge averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals as a senior, but has performed even better on the AAU circuit this spring and summer — a session that seniors typically do not do unless they have not yet signed. That strong performance resulted in more than a dozen new offers, including the one from West Virginia.
Huggins and company are also taking a close look at Cambridge’s AAU teammate, Otis Frazier. The 6-foot-5 lefty has been talking with the coaching staff regularly and sources tell me that he will be in for an official visit within the next few weeks. Assuming he does make that trip — and gets an offer and commits — then he, too, could be joining the Class of 2019 as a very late addition.
Frazier was another late riser. Despite averaging over 25 points as a junior, he had college interest but no offers. He replicated that performance again as a senior, and added in a strong AAU season, resulting in numerous new scholarship offers. That included WVU, St. Bonaventure, and New Mexico State, the three teams he will reportedly decide between when it comes time to make a college choice.
Much like with football, basketball recruiting has become a year-round thing. Huggins and staff are evaluating some younger talent — extending several new offers for 2020 and 2021 in the last couple weeks — but know they need to finish strong to help this year’s team. If they can add these players, they just might do that.