When a teammate would dig an attack or deflect a ball at the net or simply mis-hit in the middle of the court, Browne would speed over and keep it in play.
The games have changed. The goal has not.
No matter the sport, you have to get to the ball.
"Even golf," Huggins said. "You can't hit it if you don't get there."
Browne has a team-high 30 steals, but that hasn't been his greatest contribution. The Mountaineers (15-5, 5-2 Big East) aren't a very big team, but they're third in the Big East in rebounding margin and Browne has more than helped. He's allowed WVU to play big when it plays small.
Huggins hasn't had much in the line of reliable contributions from the three players he hoped would take over on the wing. Keaton Miles starts and he's had his moments, but he's also seventh on the team in minutes. Aaron Brown doesn't start, but he shoots it well and plays more than Miles. Tommie McCune has played six minutes in two conference games.
They are 5, 4 and 7 inches taller than the 6-foot-1 Browne, but Browne plays more, scores more and rebounds more. In seven Big East games, Browne has 34 rebounds - eight more than the other three combined and two more than 6-9, 260-pound Deniz Kilicli.
He had nine against Cincinnati, which was actually three shy of matching his career high.
"I don't box them all out, but I find space to get to the ball," he said. "I don't care who it is, they don't jump that high to catch the ball over the rim. It's always going to come down. If it comes down to the floor, I want to get it."
Browne has strong hands and a stronger will to get to the spot. He would lead the team in that category if it existed and if Kevin Jones weren't a teammate. Still, WVU's best lineup this season has Jones and Kilicli in the frontcourt and Jabarie Hinds, Truck Bryant and Browne in the backcourt.
Those Mountaineers shoot, score, pass, rebound and guard the ball better and that became clear when Browne could come off the bench and not only play his game, but do what Miles, Brown and McCune couldn't do with their minutes.
Browne is very much a Huggins' player.
"Every time I play a game, I go hard 100 percent of the time," he said. "We practice three hours every day we go. When the game is only 40 minutes, why can't you go hard the whole time?"
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.