WVU adds two-time transfer Matt Humphrey

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
West Virginia is losing just two seniors next year, but they're the two players who had the most impact on last year's Mountaineers team. Kevin Jones was one of the best players -- some believe the best -- in the league last season, and Truck Bryant, erratic as he may have been, was still unafraid of the moment and having the ball.

Outside of that, Bob Huggins gets Deniz Kilicli for one more year -- he'll be a senior and will be asked to put the team on his back -- and Dominique Rutledge, who'll also be in his fourth year but will take on a heavier load than ever.

The rest? All incoming freshmen or sophomores: players who Huggins frequently got frustrated with last season. There's a lot of learning to be done. Frankly, from where I sit (and the view is murky), there's little chance WVU makes the NCAAs in 2013, what with it moving to the Big 12 next season. Huggins' team just isn't talented or seasoned enough to navigate its way there.

But its chances at the Big Dance could be improved with the arrival of Matt Humphrey. The school announced its addition Tuesday. Humphrey was at Boston College the past two seasons. Before that, he played at Oregon.

"Matt will give us much needed experience on the front line," Huggins said in a statement. "In having played in the Pac-12 and ACC, his familiarity with multiple offensive and defensive schemes will help us at both ends of the floor."

Humphrey played a forgettable junior season at B.C. last year, starting 29 times and putting up 10.3 points per game on the way to a 9-22 season. And that's nothing against the kid; Boston College went through some growing pains in 2010-11. He also sank 55 3s. So, yes, he's bringing value to WVU, absolutely. In two years at Oregon, Humphrey averaged 4.8 points and two boards per game.

"His size and length will definitely make us a better defensive team on the perimeter and should help us create matchup problems for opposing defenses," Huggins said in what amounts to perfect press release-speak. "He will give us another 3-point threat, which will enable us to stretch defenses and open up the posts for our inside guys."

Pending NCAA approval, which WVU is hopeful will come sooner rather than later, Humphrey will be able to use his final year of eligibility for the upcoming season. If not, he'd play out his last year in 2013-14.
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