Crutchfield isn't opposed to bringing in Division I or junior college transfers, but is clearly focused on not rocking the boat. He sought some help for his program this past recruiting season but didn't find anybody that would be a good fit. He knows what happens off the court is as important as what happens on it.
We know how that can turn out.
With no help on the way and youth being as important to the Hilltoppers' success as anything else, I immediately expected lack of depth to be West Liberty's shortcoming. Harris told me "everybody on the team" can contribute.
There are two areas that West Liberty's success is best measured - forced turnovers and 3-pointers.
Through five games this season, the Hilltoppers have forced 115 turnovers - an average of 23.
West Liberty is 79-183 on 3-pointers, giving the Hilltoppers more through five games than they had during the same time the last four seasons with the exception of 2010-11 when they were an astonishing 92-183 through five contests. The Hilltoppers set a school record for 3-pointers with 29 against Point Park (Pa.) last week.
I've searched for a reason that the MEC's inaugural season will result in anything other than a West Liberty regular season and tournament title and have come up with nothing.
While other league programs are building through transfers and falling short, the Hilltoppers chug along with high school players who might not even have been the best in their respective prep programs.
Until somebody proves otherwise, the Hilltoppers are the favorites - even heavy favorites - to win the MEC.
That tells me it's about time somebody else try this strange philosophy of recruiting high school players.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.