"Johannes was probably too smart to get into coaching," John Beilein said.
"He could probably run a country," Ruoff said.
Darris Nichols was a reserve in the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen years and a starter his final two years. He's now an assistant at Northern Kentucky, which will make its Division I debut in the fall. Joe Mazzulla and Rob Summers were backups on the NIT title team. They're assistants at Glenville State.
Then there's the next wave. Beilein said no freshman ever picked up his offense faster than Butler, who played in every game as a freshman in 2007 and averaged 10.1 points in 23.8 minutes off the bench. He actually cut into Alexander's playing time a year before Alexander's game exploded and launched him into a NBA lottery pick.
Butler is still chasing his NBA dream and still battling his way back into familiar form following his knee injury in the 2010 Final Four.
Alexander, who reached an injury settlement and was released by his Russian club this past season, was and still is a bright player who grew up abroad and learned multiple languages. He was a late bloomer who didn't have the benefits of a full high school career in Frederick, Md., and needed a year at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy, but he picked it up quickly enough to get a scholarship at WVU.
Then there's Ruoff, who Huggins thinks could one day be the best of the bunch he's coached at WVU.
He's been playing in Belgium, but tore an ACL in November. He was cleared to resume full basketball activities Friday morning. Ruoff is a free agent and figures there won't be a lot of interest because of the injury and the time missed. He hopes to sign on somewhere in Belgium, likely with the same Belgacom Liege club.
Still, he knows the time is coming when he'll have to think about a new career after his playing career.
"The day that I stop playing, I'm getting right into coaching," he said. "My confidence tells me I'd be pretty good. I had really good teaching. I got real lucky. I had a good middle school coach with a nice basketball IQ. My high school coach used to be a college coach. Then I had Beilein and Huggins. You had to be an intelligent player to understand how to play for both of them. All of that helps out with my background."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.