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Slowed by a midseason back injury, Terry Henderson started 11 games for West Virginia as a freshman and shot 40 percent from 3-point range.


IRVING, Texas — West Virginia, its roster retooled following a 13-19 season, was picked seventh by coaches in the Big 12 preseason basketball poll.

Kansas and Oklahoma State were voted preseason co-champs, each receiving five first-place votes from the league’s 10 coaches.

West Virginia finished 6-12 in conference play last season before losing to Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. Bob Huggins figures to have a reconstituted rotation after losing three seniors and five undergraduate transfers, but two players from this year’s six-man signing class may not be eligible this season. Freshman power Elijah Macon apparently is going the partial qualifier route, and junior forward Jonathan Holton could be forced to redshirt as he navigates NCAA academic hurdles.

Top returnees for the Mountaineers include sophomore shooting guards Eron Harris (9.8 points, 2.3 rebounds) and Terry Henderson (8.0 points, 2.4 rebounds), who started 17 and 11 games respectively as freshmen. Point guards Juwan Staten (7.6 points, 3.1 assists) and Gary Browne (5.6 points, 1.5 assists) are seeking bounce-back seasons, while 18-game starter Kevin Noreen (3.0 points, 4.4 rebounds) is the only returning big man with experience.

Huggins will need immediate contributions from 6-foot-9 freshman power forward Devin Williams and lanky perimeter gunners Rémi Dibo and Nathan Adrian.

The complete coaches’ voting released Thursday:

1. tie-Kansas (5) 77

1. tie-Oklahoma State (5) 77

3. Baylor 63

4. Iowa State 56

5. tie-Kansas State 43

5. tie-Oklahoma 43

7. West Virginia 35

8. Texas 30

9. Texas Tech 14

10. TCU 12

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  • pghmountaineer

    wvajoker. You appear to know it all. You tell all of us here, what are you seeing from the football and basketball programs that gives you such optimisim that we will ever be in the upper half of the this conference.
    I'm a diehard fan and it pains me to see what is happening to these programs. Especially when these coaches are paid ungodly amounts of money to do what they do.
    If they were being paid what they are really worth or according to their results, I wouldn't have a problem.
    So enlighten us all here and tell us why we are a program on the rise! And by the way I think we ave the talent to show better results than what we have done over the past 3 years.

  • pghmountaineer

    Picked 7th out of 10. Wow now that's a program on the rise! Can't wait for 2014 football season.

  • Toadman

    B Ball season is OVER before it even starts for us this year and probably the next 2-3 years. I can't even give my tickets away! That pretty much tells the story. Hey Ollie, while your looking for a new football coach maybe you'll run into a new B Ball coach too!

  • Maxxajay

    I don't understand why some people on are down on the basketball players ....Most of them have never played a game yet .... Yet they have all ready formed an opinion that they are a bad team and never seen them play....They maybe young, but they surprise some people...

  • big tom

    joe , I could put in a thimble what you know about BB

  • Justin

    uh oh look out big 12.. juwan staten and gary brown are back for another year !!! this team sucks already. gonna be another down year.

  • JaneM

    We have WVU playing TT next Saturday at home, and I am sure they will be the under dogs...The headlines will read Mountaineers knockoff Red Raiders on all newspaper sports sections...

  • wvajoker

    We have two of the Four Jackasses (Horsemen??) braying. Where is William and pghmountaineer. How can the WVU fans survive without the doomsday remarks of all four of them. Big Tom I think it is your computer that is censoring your comments.

    • Big Larry

      The "Four Horseman" would play WVU but at the rate they are going, they may not have enough players to field a team.

      Back in the day I was a pretty good player on my church league be careful what you wish for.

      We do not fear the WVU basketball team but what does scare us is the Penn State colored Sweatsuit that Huggins wears...

      >>>now that is scary

  • Joe

    Big Larry, Big Tom, William, Barry aka Sybil, please we're begging you........lithium.

    Perhaps you, or, uh, the four of you could scimmage the team. The hard part will be how the ref will call illegal inbound pass, walking, traveling and offensive foul on one guy running down the court.

  • big tom

    why is it that other people post after me and get listed and I have a pink line thru my comment,,, apparently taylor is a huggie lover too and doesn't want my comments posted... sad.

  • William101

    I have to admit this will be an interesting season. We can really use Holton. It's not over until it's over, as they say. So I won't concede that he can't play this year until I hear otherwise.

    Looks like our true freshmen, Williams, Watkins, & Adrian, will get plenty of experience this year. Our success will depend in large part on their ability to step up and adjust to Divi I BB.

    Little is expected of Adrian, after all he is a mid 3 star recruit, but wouldn't it be a hoot if a West Virginian, from Morgantown to boot, was a big part of this team? It would be a real storyline.

    I'm always optimistic this time of year. No, we're not a championship team, and we may not be an NCAA team this year, but I really believe we'll play hard, with desire to win, and I expect a winning season. NIT? Add Holton into the mix, and who knows?

    • cutty77

      I heard from a WVU BB coach about a month ago that there was no way Holton would play this year,maybe he is wrong. Huggs could sure use The Help.

  • big tom

    just wondering,, how long will Ollie put up with his buddy, having losing seasons and making a fortune every year, off the good supporters and tax payers of wv?
    it's a shame, once he was a darn good coach, but that's passed him by, and we're stuck with the leftovers.
    His reputation is killing our recruiting,, thugs, partial qualifiers, and felons.
    no wonder the ACC and SEC didn't want us... huggie is doing everything in his power to degrade us and what we stand for.
    it's terrible, we'll be worst than last yr, marsha will beat us, and we won't get invited to any tourn.... it really sucks

  • wvrefugee

    Maybe OL can go to Texas and "help" their athletics program like he has ours!! :o)

  • Tom

    They are really the ninth school in the listing. Although statistically they are ranked seventh. No matter how you cut it, it will be a long, losing season......again.


    I Don't Know Where You People Coached, But, Who's Going To Run The Program, The Coach Or The Players?? It's Gonna Take An Entirely Different Style Of Player To Compete In The Big Twelve, On A Consistent Basis. He's Tried To Find And Get Them, Yes, He's Taking Some Chances On Some, But We'll Have To Wait On The NCAA On Holten. If They Clear Him We'll Be Okay!