Dunning started 20 of 34 games last season. The Mountaineers came together and started their surge late in the regular season, through the Big East Tournament and into the NCAA Tournament, when Carey partnered the 6-3 Dunning with 6-4 Asya Bussie in the starting lineup. Dunning averaged 8.3 points and 8.4 rebounds and made half of her shot attempts.
Caldwell started 27 of 34 games and averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds despite being 5-9.
Davis averaged 7.4 points and more than a steal per game in her two years (2009-10). Granerry played just the 2009 season and started all 33 games. She averaged 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds and shot 38 percent from 3-point range. Campbell started 65 of 69 games in 2010-11 and averaged 8.2 points and 6 rebounds.
Not everyone has been as successful. Small only scored 42 points in 42 games in 2008-09 and Williams played in just nine games in 2011, but Carey's been acquiring transfers for a long time. Some of his best teams as the men's coach at Salem from 1989-2001 had transfers.
"That was just something we had to do," he said. "At Salem, we weren't going to attract the top high school players in the country, so we had to live with that. And we did pretty well with that."
He learned what to look for and what to avoid in transfers, but he also discovered how to appeal to someone looking for a fresh start. Forthan, who spoke with Miles about Carey and the Mountaineers, ended up impressed with WVU's academics.
"I'm pretty used to dealing with transfers and used to dealing with junior college transfers and I can spot what's a good fit for us and what's not," he said. "Not only that, but it's important, not just for us, but for the player, to make sure it's a good fit. You've got to find out what attracts a transfer and how you can get some of them to take a look."
Forthan averaged 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds at LSU and started two of her 28 games. She was also named the SEC Freshman of the Week twice. Coming in, though, she was held in much higher regard. ESPNU Hoop Gurlz ranked her No. 5 in her recruiting class. She was a finalist for the Naismith high school player of the year award and was named a McDonald's and WBCA All-American.
Carey already had one McDonald's All-American coming in next season in 6-1 guard Bria Holmes. The 6-5 Lanay Montgomery, 5-10 Darius Faulk, 6-foot Jennie Simms and Scott High's 5-10 Makenzie White were all considered top 75 players among various national rankings.
"The better the program has gotten the better the players we've been able to get," Carey said. "We're at the stage now where we're doing well, but we can get better and I think getting to the NCAA Tournament consistently with the addition of the practice facility and even going to the Big 12 will only help us. Girls and their families are impressed with those things. And with the Big 12, there were a lot of questions about the Big East, but now we have stability and it's really helped."
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