What If?....two simple words that describe a moment of thought as to what might have happened if different circumstances would have taken place.
I am talking about Joe Alexander. Any WVU fan or any fan of college basketball has certainly seen his stock rise quicker than most college players will ever see in their whole career. He went from unknown to stud in one season under Coach Huggins. Now the question, "What if he has stayed for his senior season?"
There are two significant scenarios that I can play out in my head. Firstly, if Alexander has stayed. Would Huggins still vastly improve his game. He could have been an All-American/Naismath winner/Final Four participant. Alexander could have went down in WVU history as one of the greatest basketball player ever.(Behind Jerry West and possibly a few others) His potential was unlimited and was as untouched as the oil off the shores of North Carolina. If Huggins could have tapped into them then who knows what would have happened.
Now the other scenario...Listen and feel the agony as the second scenario takes place. Mazzulla with the steal. He passes the ball to Alexander who has a fastbreak dunk ahead of him. He jumps and he throws it in. He lands akwardly and is down on the floor in pain. Alexander leaves the game with a torn ACL and is out for the season. His stock falls off the radar as his once boundless potential and athleticism is taken away from a freak accident.
The chances were too high for him to come back. He will be selected between 7th and 15th. Millions of dollars are there for the taking which will let him live a relatively easy life. But still what if?