In 2010, Gerun was the MVP of the 2010 under-16 European Championships, where he averaged 17.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
"He's going to be a really good player, I think," Huggins said. "I just don't know when."
It may have come sooner if not for the NCAA suspension. Gerun's brief run with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk brought the NCAA suspension, not unlike the 20-game ban Kilicli had in the 2010 season. Kilicli averaged 6.7 minutes in 15 games as WVU went to the Final Four. He had his moments and shot 21-for-41 from the floor and averaged 3.2 points, but needed the time Gerun needs right now.
"He's been getting better and he's been working hard," Kilicli said. "It's hard to practice when you're not playing, but his offense is not going to be a problem because he is a really talented guy. On defense, he hasn't been working on a lot of the stuff we're doing, but he can pick it up because he's smart."
Gerun, who was attending the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands this time last year, has perhaps the best offensive potential among WVU's post players. Murray and Noreen have showed a shooting touch lately, Kilcili demands attention inside and Rutledge is the most athletic of the bunch, but Huggins said Gerun's skill is unique to the group.
He called a Gerun a "stretch 4," which is a power forward who can take defenders outside and either score from the perimeter or on drives to the basket.
Gerun can also bang around inside. He can set picks for guards, but also make jumpers when the guards make a pass after Gerun breaks the pick.
What's uncommon on this team isn't unfamiliar to the Mountaineers. Huggins offered a comparison to former forward Kevin Jones, who is now with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"He's more in that regard like K.J. than what other guys are," Huggins said. "Really, when you think about it, K.J. was a terrific rebounder and really a much better defender than what everyone gave him credit for being, but what he really did was stretch people out. You had to come out and guard him."
Jones was WVU's top scoring option the past two years. Gerun won't assume that role with the Mountaineers, but he won't be invisible much longer, either.
"He can make shots, I don't think there's any question about that," Huggins said. "He's not afraid to shoot it."
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