And truth be told, it looks like WVU might be all right in the backcourt for the next two or three seasons. Juwan Staten and Gary Browne are junior point guards, though both should probably find a way to make a few jump shots in 2013. Eron Harris and Terry Henderson are sophomore shooting guards who make 3-pointers are a pretty healthy clip, though both should probably tighten up their defense.
Whether or not WVU is set there for the foreseeable future depends on those players, but just WVU can't press reset every season.
Where WVU needed numbers was in the frontcourt. The Mountaineers have just three forwards on the returning roster. One is Aaric Murray, a senior center who is, at best, erratic. One is Kevin Noreen, a junior forward who is reliable, but limited. One is Keaton Miles, a junior forward who hasn't developed and who has to be wondering how he'll find minutes in his future.
You see, WVU will welcome four frontcourt freshmen in the summer - that's how clear WVU's need was long ago. All four aren't going to be ready to play and WVU doesn't want to hurriedly lean on freshmen under the basket. The Mountaineers need players there, as opposed to bodies. The 6-foot-7 Holton, who has signed, and the 6-9 Dembo, who has committed and should sign before the end of the week, give WVU both.
Huggins needed shooting and scoring. He didn't need guards, so long as he got those qualities. Holton's reputation is that he likes to shoot from the outside, but that he loves to score and that he's figured out how rebounding or posting up and working with either hand will get him easy baskets. Dibo is a something like a shooting guard in a forward's body, someone who gets it in his hands, gets set and gets the ball in the net.
The Mountaineers need all that and more in the Big 12. They need to space the floor to facilitate Staten and Browne and give them a purpose on offense. They need to put shooters around the 3-point arch to make shots, but also to draw big defenders outside and create space for Murray and for freshmen Devin Williams and Elijah Macon inside
They need to create opportunities and guard against them, and both are now possible, which is really important for the latter. With so many similarly sized and skilled players, WVU should now be able to meet the small or agile Big 12 lineups and switch on defense to avoid bad matchups.
It's an unusual plan, for certain, but it's a plan. And if it's new, it might just be the new normal.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.