MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - What Bob Huggins has done this week to reconstitute the West Virginia basketball roster probably looks weird.
Adding a pair of power forwards to a team deemed in need of something else must seem as unusual as a 13-19 record for the man with the fourth-most wins among active coaches.
With that in mind, let's agree to question what is normal. Let's consider what might be the new normal. Let's understand that the experiences from WVU's first run through the Big 12 forces everyone to rethink what they once knew - or what they thought they knew.
This is not to say Huggins is about to reinvent himself. You'll still see motion offense and man defense and an absolute, and probably refocused, emphasis on rebounding. But how often did Huggins confess last season that he misread his personnel compared to the Big 12's? How many times did he'd say he recruited for the Big East and needed to prepare for the Big 12?
This is his counter.
The Mountaineers staggered into the offseason, turned the tassels for two forwards and a guard in the senior class and waved goodbye to two guards and a forward from the sophomore class who decided to transfer. A team that had a terrible time shooting and passing the ball, one that struggled executing and cashing in on half-court offense, went into the recruiting season looking for help.
If you need to shoot and you need to pass, you need to find guards, right? There are two answers to that and neither is wrong. Both explain Huggins' decisions.
The first answer is an obvious "Yes." But everyone wants guards. And by the end of March, just about all the good ones are gone. All the good programs have addressed their backcourt needs and the ones that have not are going hard after the few remaining prospects. Huggins and WVU should win some of those battles, but Huggins and WVU shouldn't add just for the sake of adding.
Recruiting can get a little complex in basketball, especially as we go farther down the road with the useful scouting reports and advanced statistics, but it pretty much always comes down to whether a kid is good enough to play. You better believe the Mountaineers are attuned to that now after watching the past few classes wear a path away from the Coliseum.
The second answer is sneaky. Simply, it's "No." WVU didn't need guards. WVU needed to put the ball through the basket. Who will do that does not matter and that's why junior college forwards Jonathan Holton and Remi Dibo seem to make sense. They're tall, they're not guards, but they both shoot 40 percent from 3-point range.