Thursday, September 1, 2011

West Virginia is still waiting for its top recruit to enroll

Update: The NCAA ruled Jabarie Hinds eligible to play this season and he is expected to begin classes at West Virginia on Thursday. That means West Virginia will have depth at point guard for the first time in coach Bob Huggins tenure.

As freshmen across the nation said goodbye to their parents, moved into their dorms and attended their first college classes on Monday, West Virginia's most high-profile incoming recruit couldn't take part in the ritual.

Point guard Jabarie Hinds has yet to enroll at West Virginia even though the first day of classes came and went. The Charleston Gazette reports that the 5-foot-11 guard is still trying to "straighten out his academic records" in order to meet NCAA eligibility standards, though Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins expects a resolution in the next day or two and does not appear to be overly worried.

"He should (make it),'' Huggins told the Gazette late Monday night. "I mean, he's done everything he's been asked to do.''

If for some reason Hinds doesn't make it to Morgantown, it would be a bitter blow for a West Virginia program that thought it had landed two elite point guards within days of each other last October. Connecticut point guard Ryan Boatright originally chose West Virginia only to renege after Hinds also committed days later because he didn't like that the Mountaineers had recruited a second top point guard in his class.

The blow of potentially having neither Boatright nor Hinds would be softened somewhat by the presence of veteran senior Truck Bryant and incoming freshman Gary Browne.

The Mountaineers signed the lightly recruited Browne in the spring after Boatright decommitted in hopes he can provide depth by running the offense capably and becoming a perimeter defensive stopper. Hinds, however, is the freshman who would be expected to contribute immediately and eventually take over for Bryant.


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