"Back home, I was competing in town against the guys who were still there," said Miles, who came to WVU from Dallas. "Now I have somebody who's more mature than me in the game of basketball and someone stronger guarding me and boxing me out.
"It's a learning experience we need as a unit. We need to get used playing with each other. We're a young team, as anybody can see."
Only those Mountaineers can see the changes. Only they know about the things they talk about before and after the games on the trips up and down I-79. Only they know the critiques they make in workouts. Only they know what they have right now.
"The guys we have have talent and they give us a good mix of guards and forward, guys who can score and play defense and rebound," said Brown, who is from Philadelphia. "Once we start to play together and get to know each other, I know everything will be much better."
The satisfaction isn't as immediate for Staten and Murray. Both have to sit out the upcoming season and do nothing but practice against their teammates, dress up for home games and watch from home for road games.
The summer league is a brief reprieve from their basketball bereavement.
"I was definitely psyched when I found out I could play," Staten said. "I was a little bit down having to sit out a full year, but coming out and knowing I'd get to play against some great players and fellow Big East players actually helped me out a lot."
Murray was an all-rookie player in the Atlantic 10 two years ago who grew uneasy with his place at LaSalle. He can still shoot a high percentage and rebound missed shots and block and alter others, but he'll have to wait until 2012.
In the meantime, it would be smart for Forsythe and Kilicli to take advantage of Murray's skill, which is good enough to get an invitation to Amar'e Stoudemire's big man camp in Chicago late last month.
Staten was, like Murray, a touted prep player who made a splash in college. He led the A-10 in assists as a freshman last year, but also learned to dislike his situation and sought change at WVU.
He'll sit next to Murray as they wait for the 2012-13 season, but he, too, can help. WVU has to get something significant from Browne and Hinds behind Bryant this season.
"With me being the point guard, I feel like it's my job to be the leader, especially with a year of college under my belt," Staten said. "I feel like I can help the freshmen here to get over the hump and show them a couple things they're going to need for the season."
Of course, this is about more than a summer spent preparing for the season. This is the core of the future of Coach Bob Huggins' program and it figures to be together at least two years and perhaps four. Some may leave along the way for either personal or professional reasons, but that's off in the distance.
Today is about tomorrow.
"It's probably too soon to say who's going to do what this season, but I think over time this is going be something special," McCune said. "To me, I can already see that. We're going to be something to see."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142.