After starting all 33 games as a freshman and averaging 7.4 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 41.9 percent from the floor and 32.1 percent from 3-point range, his scoring average stayed the same in 2012, his rebounds dropped to 1.8 per game and his shooting percentages slipped to 35.1 and 27.6.
The 5-foot-11 Hinds also came off the bench six times in 32 games, including the final five games.
Brown, a 6-5 native of Darby, Pa., was another part of the sophomore class who struggled. He played in 32 of 33 games and averaged 15.3 minutes as a freshman while averaging 4.2 points and shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. He played in just 17 games with three starts this past season and averaged 6.2 minutes. He shot 27 percent from 3-point range.
In two seasons with Hinds and Brown, the Mountaineers had a 32-33 record. The Mountaineers were one of the last teams to receive an at-large berth to the 2011 NCAA tournament and missed the postseason in 2012 for the first time in 10 years.
The 6-10 Gerun played in seven games, one more than he was made to miss to start the season under a NCAA suspension. He was 3-for-13 from the floor and missed all six of his 3-point attempts.
WVU was set to lose just Rutledge, Deniz Kilicli and Matt Humphrey as part of the senior class, but had signed forwards Nathan Adrian, Elijah Macon, Brandon Watkins and Devin Williams in the 2013 recruiting class. Huggins now has two free scholarships to offer prospects, who can sign April 17, the start of the regular signing period.
Huggins said he won't sign two players just to reach the NCAA limit of 13 and that any additions would have to fit needs as the Mountaineers prepare for their second season in the Big 12.
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