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Prue too true to his old school?


By Justin Jackson

The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.


Jan. 07--When the WVU men's basketball team travels to take on 13th-ranked Georgetown on Saturday, the Hoyas will have a Mountaineer of their own on the sidelines.

Former WVU standout Darryl Prue is the director of basketball operations for the Hoyas, and he's in his fourth season in the Georgetown program.

"He has a lot of West Virginia stories. I'm getting tired of hearing Darryl's West Virginia stories, to tell you the truth," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said Thursday, during a conference media call. "He enjoyed his time there and he enjoyed the teams he played on."

Prue could not comment about the matchup because of a Georgetown policy that does not allow assistant coaches to speak to the media.

He began his collegiate coaching career at Georgetown in 2004, as the team's video coordinator. In 2007, he left Georgetown to become an assistant coach at Morgan State.

Prue returned to Georgetown this past season and was named the director of basketball operations this season. In the future, Thompson III can see Prue coaching his own college team.

"He definitely will be a very good head coach," Thompson III said. "He has a very good feel for the game, in terms of what's going to happen next. He has a great understanding of the game. A lot of people can go into an office and break down film, but he does a great job of understanding what needs to be translated to us out on the court."

Prue, a native of Washington, D.C., graduated from WVU in 1990, with a bachelor's degree in physical educa- tion. In his four seasons with the Mountaineers, he scored 1,426 points (17th all-time) and recorded 865 rebounds (10th all-time).

Waiting on Hazell

Seton Hall continues to play the waiting game with senior guard Jeremy Hazell.

He has been out with a broken left wrist since Nov. 19, and on Christmas Day, he was shot through the shoulder during an attempted mugging.

"Jeremy is doing terrific," Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. "He had a very serious incident on Christmas and he is recovering well from that physically. Mentally, he's doing OK. He's kind of taking time off to relax a little bit. He's still working out and shooting."

Willard said Hazell would have his wrist evaluated by a doctor on Monday, to see if the guard will be cleared to play the rest of the season.

Hazell has played in only three games this season (averaging 24 points), meaning he could take a medical redshirt and come back to play for the Pirates next season.

Willard said he would sit down with Hazell and his family to discuss the options after Monday's evaluation.

"If he can get cleared by the 10th, and miraculously he's OK from the gunshot wound, but it's his wrist that needs to be cleared and we need to see if the screw has healed properly, we'll sit down with his family and decide what's going to be the best for him," Willard said. "I know he wants to be back out there with his teammates and try to help us win some games. He also has a very bright future ahead of him in this game. We'll weigh the pros and cons, and whatever he and his family want to do, we'll be all for it."

Marquee matchups

While conference play is getting under way, there are still several big nonconference games for Big East teams to play this season.

No. 8 Connecticut goes on the road Saturday, to play 12th-ranked Texas.

"They're one of the best teams in the country," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. "Certainly, Jordan Hamilton is a fine player."

The Huskies made their mark this season by winning some big nonconference games during the Maui Invitational. UConn came away with wins against Michigan State and Kentucky to vault into the top 10, after starting the season unranked. UConn has started off the Big East season 1-2, with the losses coming to Pitt and Notre Dame on the road.

"Maui certainly wasn't a fluke, but Maui was the early season and we had all kinds of energy," Calhoun said. "People didn't know us and now the tapes are starting to catch up a little bit. Now, we have to start catching back up to the tapes."

UConn has another nonconference matchup on Jan. 22, with Tennessee.

Other remaining nonconference games of note: Maryland at Villanova (Jan. 15), Purdue at WVU (Jan. 16), Duke at St. John's (Jan. 30) and St. John's at UCLA (Feb. 5).


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